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Hello, today I’ve decided to take a break from the Psalms that I’ve been going through, and go through the book of Jonah with my sister. So today, God has given me something in Jonah 1:12-13 which says,

““Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”

13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.”

The writer of Jonah is telling the account of Jonah’s disobedience, and later obedience, to God. So far, God has told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and proclaim the Good News to them. But, Jonah doesn’t think that it’s fair for the evil Ninevites to be saved, so he runs away. He goes in the opposite direction to Tarshish. But while he is taking the ride to Tarshish, a great storm comes upon the sea. So, the men cast lots to see whose fault it is, and Jonah draws the short straw. So, he tells the men what happened, and even though they don’t want to throw him into the water, they have to.

This is only part of the story of Jonah, but the Gospel is still in these two verses. The men were in a great storm, and they needed help. So Jonah is thrown overboard and “killed” for their sake. After he is thrown in, the water’s becomes still. But when the men tried by themselves to row back to shore, they could not do it. We are in a storm. We need help from our storm of sin. We can try and try all we want, but our efforts are useless. Then, Jesus was sent down, and He die din our place on the cross for us. He calmed our waters, and now we are saved.

We need to know that we cannot make it by ourselves. No matter how hard we try, we will never be able to make it out. We can only make things worse. But when we cry to Jesus, we can be saved. He is our savior, and He will always deliver us.

Jesus can calm our hearts, just as he did the waves (Luke 8:24). First, Jesus saved us from our sin by shedding His blood for us. Now, whenever we need help, Jesus can help us.We can run to Him, and He will save us. Praise God!

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank You for sending Your son to save me. Thank You for calming the waves of my heart. Please help me to spread the Gospel to those who need it. Please calm the hearts of those in need. Please help me to love You more, Lord. Please help me to rejoice in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Luke 8:22:

“The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.”

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland


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