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The pages of history are filled with heartwarming stories of men and women who have been down and have come back. Jonah’s experience in the belly of the great fish teaches us lessons about getting up when we are down.
I. A man of prayer
From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord. He used the word of God as he lifted his prayer to God. God heard his cry of distress and delivered him.
II. A man of purpose
Jonah came to realize that there had been a purpose in his pilgrimage. When he had lost all hope, Jonah suddenly remembered God’s mercy and turned to Him for help.
III. A man of praise
Jonah did not ask for deliverance. Rather he simply started praising God and giving thanks. Jonah’s faith was proved by his thanksgiving.
IV. A man of perception
Jonah recognized that deliverance (salvation) comes from the Lord. We are not saved because we deserve to be or because we are good. Jonah knew that only a loving God would take him back after the rebellion he had pursued.