August 13, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Jonah 2:2, “In my distress, I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.”
Jonah was in, to say the least, a tough spot. He was in the belly of a great fish. He needed help, so he turned to the God who he had been disobeying. The same God who had caused him so much grief as he tried to flee from God’s marching orders to go to the Ninevites, who are known for their vicious persecution of the Hebrews.
Repentance is an ongoing and daily process. Just as Jonah had to repent, we need to repent, not so that God will accept us, but because he already has, and we want to be in that relationship with him where our will aligns with his.
Many of us sit in isolation right now, either enforced physical isolation or in loneliness. Maybe even disobedience to God. So while we don’t know when we will be rescued or how we will be rescued, we do know that salvation comes from the Lord. May we join our voices with Jonah in crying out to the Lord, “In my distress, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” He will lift us out of whatever trouble we find ourselves.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, you are worthy of all honor and glory. Send your Spirit to grow our faith and trust in you. Feed our souls. Heal us in body and heart. Open our eyes to see your divine love. Please help us to follow in your way, to the glory of your name. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.