Week of June 17, 2018

17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. 2:1 Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. 3 For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me.4 Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ 5 The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head 6 at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. 7 When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. 8  Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. 9 But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” 10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

-Jonah 1:17-Jonah 2:10

 

Main Points

  • *It’s impossible to read this story and not see that there is a sovereign God who is in total control of every single circumstance that is happening to the prophet Jonah.
  • “Sometimes God has to take us into places that aren’t good for LIVING, but are really good for LEARNING.” Bryan Loritts
  • God will give you a heart that is fully committed to Him in the same season He removes some of the things that you have wrongfully given your heart to.
  • We think the presence of our pain is proof of God’s absence. More often than not the presence of pain precedes the presence of the Lord.

 

Discussion Questions

1.) Why do we have such a hard time seeing God’s sovereignty (His control) in all areas of our lives?

2.) Have you sought salvation from another source??

3.) Are you in a stage of spiritual confinement, difficulty, or discomfort?

4.) When you think about the types of prayers that God seems to answer, (desperation, restoration, and deliverance) does one type really stick out to you? Why?

5.) Did you learn something clarifying about who God is?

6.) Did you gain any certainty about the presence of God?