Tuesday, January 17, 2012
When You Hit Bottom
3.When you've hit bottom, make a commitment to do God's will. Jonah goes on to say, "But I will sacrifice to you with a voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay" (Jonah 2:9). Commitment is a decision to follow through with something you have started. Apparently Jonah had made some promises to God that he hadn't fulfilled. This is another statement that Jonah had hope of getting out of the whale. He told God that once he got out of the whale's belly, he would fulfill his vows. Have you fulfilled what you've promised to God? Jonah would have been much better off if he had obeyed God at the beginning. And that's true for all of us, so obey Him now and you'll avoid having to go into the whale's belly.
The whale took him back to Israel and vomited him on to dry land (Jonah 2:10). Ironically, Jonah ended up right when he started. But he was a lot wiser now.