Jonah 2:9 “But I, with a song of thanksgiving,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
Salvation comes from the LORD.”
How far does God have to go to get your attention? I wish I could say I responded to His every whisper, but that would be a gross untruth. Sometimes, He has to shout and clang pots in my ears and throw all sorts of banana peels in my path just to get me to stop and pay attention to Him.
I guess I’m a lot like Jonah. He had to spend a few nights in smelly, slimy fish guts to finally surrender to God. Yet, he did surrender. And when he surrendered, he felt such relief that he began to sing and praise and thank God.
Friends, why do we fight so hard against God? He loves us. He wants only what is best for us. But we run and kick and scream and fuss and holler. We want our own way, even when our own way leads us away from the good things God has for us.
I have learned, and am still learning, that there is joy in surrender. Total, complete surrender to God brings freedom. It brings healing. It brings joy, and puts a song in our hearts.
My goal is to reach the point of surrender before I wind up in the fish guts of life. But even then . . . oh, even then my friend . . . surrender is sweet.
Dear Father, I surrender. I praise You, I thank You for Your goodness, and I surrender to whatever You have for my life.