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.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.
Let not your hearts be troubled.
Believe in God, believe also in Jesus. In His Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, Jesus would have told you. Jesus goes to prepare a place for you.
Jesus will come again and will take you to Himself. Where I am, you may be also.
And we know the way to where He is going.
We lift our concerns to the Lord God. And work to Jesus in expectation. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †