“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.” (Jonah 2:2)
Growing up, our youth group would play hide-and-go-seek pretty regularly. Our church building was big and quite old so there were a lot of good places to hide. One night I was the “seeker” and as I wandered through the silent church looking for my friends, I heard something you don’t often hear during this game, someone’s voice. It was very faint, but I could hear someone and it sounded like they were calling out to me. I followed the sound to a small cabinet and discovered it to be the source of the sound. I could very plainly hear one of the girls shouting “Help! I’m locked in here!” She had gotten herself into this small cabinet, but realized that she couldn’t open it from the inside and so started to freak out! Luckily, I was in that part of the building and discovered her and rescued her.
Jonah, due to his own rebellion, found himself inside the belly of a great fish and called out to the Lord to save him. If you know the story of Jonah, you know that God did rescue him and Jonah reluctantly obeyed the Lord. The story of Jonah isn’t about Jonah though; it is about the faithfulness of God. Jonah was a rebel and kind of a punk if we are being honest. He didn’t want the people of Nineveh to be saved and so he ran, but God is good and he not only desired for the people of Nineveh to be saved, but he desired to save even his rebellious servant.
We often find ourselves rebelling against what we know to be God’s will for us. We sin, and sometimes that happens by mistake or due to a challenging situation, but sometimes we are just willfully disobedient. In those times, we don’t need to be hesitant to reach out to the Lord; He is not far from us and He is eager to forgive and to save us from even our own choices. If you are finding yourself distant from God today, and you feel like you have done too much to reach out to Him, know that this couldn’t be further from the truth. God will hear your voice, He will answer you, and He will save you from whatever struggle you may find yourself in, whether that be now or in the future. Know that the Lord is faithful and He loves you!