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Last time, I wrote about what it’s like to hit rock bottom, and how God can use it to teach us. I also pointed out that the key to turning a negative circumstance into a positive one is having the correct response. Responding appropriately when we are knocked down is important, but often easier said than done. So, let’s look again at the blueprint in the life of Jonah.
The first step to responding appropriately is to recognize that you made a mistake. When the storm hit Jonah and his shipmates, he knew it was happening for a reason. Instead of pointing the finger or pretending like everything was ok, Jonah owned his mistake, and told his shipmates to throw him overboard. When Jonah surrendered, the sea surrendered.
Once swallowed by the fish, we see Jonah take the next step – looking to God. Rather than reflecting on how big his sin was, he reflected on how big his God was, and prayed to God from the belly of the fish. What you do in the middle of your crisis will determine your outcome. No sin is too great for God to turn around! So, instead of focusing on your guilt and shame, look to God’s mercy and grace. Fight your battles on your knees and you will win every time!
The final step to climbing your way out of rock bottom is to learn from your mistake, and decide to follow God’s path. When the fish spat him out, Jonah was granted a second chance to obey God, and lead an entire city to repentance. The will of God isn’t always pleasant, but it’s always right. We must remember that God takes us through troubled waters not to drown us, but to cleanse us.
The story of Jonah is an excellent reminder that there is hope, even at rock bottom. Despite all of his mistakes and initial lack of trust in God, Jonah found the faith to worship God even while he was drowning. So, even if you are currently in a place where things can’t get any worse, remain faithful, look to God and believe that He will bring you out on top.
Dr. Derek Grier
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