Salvation Belongs to the Lord
Jonah is in an unbelievable situation, living three days and three nights in the belly of a giant fish. After Jonah disobeyed and ran away from God, it’s almost equally unbelievable that God would still pursue, rescue, and protect Jonah. The story of Jonah is a powerful reminder that God continues to show steadfast love, even towards His enemies. Today, we continue to take comfort knowing we don’t depend on ourselves for salvation because, as Jonah proclaims, salvation belongs to the Lord!
Read Jonah chapter 2. What words would you use to describe Jonah’s prayer? Thoughtful? Insightful? Thankful?
Now go back and read Jonah chapter 1. Would you use the same words to describe Jonah’s prayer?
Read 2 Timothy 2:13. How does the truth about God’s faithfulness play out in Jonah’s life? Can you think of a time when this has applied to your own life?
How have you been affected by someone else’s conditional love?
Finish this statement, “I would do anything for love, but I won’t do…”
Read Romans 5:7-8. God has no conditions on His love. Salvation is His to give, not ours to earn. What thoughts or feelings come when you think about God’s unconditional love?
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