I am one happy Momma this evening! My aunt came today, she helped at the grocery store this morning, and then this afternoon she helped wrap all of the kids Christmas presents. Which means one less (huge) chore checked off my to-do list. Which is totally awesome considering I am actually a day behind in my advent devotional. I did not realize that yesterday when I posted, I apologize. My mind is gone for a ride on the crazy train, December is a wild wild ride.
So here is day nineteen! Hoping to have time to sneak in day twenty as well right after this post. I cannot believe we are that close to Christmas. The girls only have two more days at school, and Joel has three more days until he too is on vacation! Happy Holidays.
Jesse Tree Devotional Day Nineteen (Whale Symbol)
Jonah 3:1-3 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Get up! Go to the great city of Nineveh and peach the message that I tell you.” So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh according to the Lord’s command.”
God told Jonah “To get up and go to Ninievah and preach against their wickedness.” Jonah was scared to go, and instead caught the first boat going in the opposite direction. God caused a great storm to follow the boat Jonah was hiding on. The sailors were afraid and calling out to their various gods for help. They threw all the cargo over, and tried to uncover the reason why they were in such troubles.
Eventually the men singled out Jonah, they asked him why his God was angry with them. Jonah told the men to throw him over board and that if they did the seas would calm. The men tried to row ashore, but they could not fight the waves against them. They picked Jonah up and threw him from the ship, and then the sea stopped raging against them.
When Jonah entered the water a huge fish swallowed him. He stayed in the fish for three days and three nights. While Jonah was in the huge fish he prayed to God and promised to fulfill what had been asked of him. God commanded the fish to spit Jonah up on dry land.
Jonah did as he promised and went to Niveveh. He told the people that in 40 days the whole city would be destroyed. The people fasted and grieved, they pleaded and promised to turn from their wicked ways.
God saw their actions and that they had turned their hearts from wickedness. So he decided not to destroy the city, but to let them live.
Have you been asked to do something you were scared to do?
Did you do it anyways? How did you feel after it was over?
Let’s pray together and thank God for the opportunities He gives us to share salvation with others. We can ask forgiveness for the times when we don’t always do as He asks, and for extra strength to do His Will through out our day.