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Wages That Last

“The just shall live by his faith.” – Habakkuk 2:4

Jonah had been confident. He knew what he did and did not want to do. One thing was clear: He did not want to go to Nineveh. When God called him to go there, Jonah went in the opposite direction on a ship traveling west, away from Nineveh.

Then a storm arose, and his plans changed. In an effort to still the storm, the ship’s crew threw Jonah into the sea where a great fish swallowed him. Trapped with no way of escape, his only hope was to turn to God.

There in “the deep,” in “the heart of the seas” (v. 3), God spoke to him. When he cried out, God gave him a clearer perspective on life itself. He would no longer seek his own way, but he would obey God regardless of the cost.

God often needs to bring us to these points to give us perspective. He needs to back us into a corner and place us in situations in which we are forced to seek Him. Then we cry out to Him for help, realize how much we need Him, and seek His direction. Our understanding is limited, but God’s ways are best.

Think about your life. Are you trusting God completely? Are you resisting His will? Surrender your life anew to Him. Commit your energies and resources to serve Him fully, completely, freely, and without reservation.

Reflect on a time when God had to send a storm to get your attention; thank God that you are saved by faith. Live by faith. Serve and please our savior Jesus.

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