Jonah 2:7, "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple."
We all are very familiar with the story of Jonah. Many of us first heard this story as little children while sitting in Sunday school. We may recall learning that this man named Jonah ran from God and was swallowed by a great fish. As our spiritual life has matured, we may see different truths represented in this story. I want us to spend the next few minutes reflecting on the phrase found in Jonah 2:7, "When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: ..."
We all are experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in our world. Most Americans have been heeding the mandates given by our local and state governments. To be honest, it's been difficult staying home ... parents laid off, schools closed, and church buildings closed. I just heard that during this unprecedented time in our country, suicide and depression are climbing. Even as a believer, it's easy to question why God has allowed this to happen and even become "faint" as Jonah did in our passage.
I want to encourage you with three thoughts to remember during this time period that we all are going through:
Remember our Salvation. Remember that the God of heaven loved us enough to send His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Rejoice in the fact that we know this earth and its sin is temporary. Eternity awaits us with the God who gave us His only begotten Son. Remember our salvation and not only what it gives us, but what it does for us.
Remember our Sureties. Remember God's promises to us as His children. One promise that I have quoted every day since this pandemic started is Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." All things is just that ... all things ... good or bad. I have decided to work on my love toward God because I want all things (good or bad) to work together for good.
Remember our Stories. Remember just how faithful God has been in your life in the past. I know many are struggling during this time, but I know God has always been faithful. Think of the story that young lad could later tell, as a husband and father around the dinner table, about how he watched Jesus take his loaves and fishes and fed the multitude. How faithful He was during a time of great need for so many. Remember the loaves and fishes in your life. Share your story.
Written by Brian Ragle