Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights. – Jonah 1:17
Here in the book of Jonah is a remarkable outpouring of the heart of God. Within these few short chapters you can witness the compassion of God for his children and his overwhelming love for his creation.
In the story of Jonah, he ran away from the task God had given him, caught a boat in the opposite direction and completely disobeyed the commandment of God. God however in a show of unfailing love orchestrated the fish of the sea to become a source of unmerited favour and Jonah’s salvation. God moved in love and provided a fish of grace. In the midst of disobedience God acted in grace. For deep within his heart Jonah trusted in the goodness of God, “I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble, and he answered me, I cried to you from the land of the dead and Lord, you heard me.” Jonah 2 : 1
A powerless and helpless man, unable to do anything for himself, at the lowest point of his life, tossed into an ocean of despair, death and desperation encountered the overwhelming grace of God. His rescue had already been orchestrated and provided by God.
Christ is our fish of grace. For while we were sinners, ungodly, he died for us, he died in our place. He entered our world of despair, death and desperation and rescued us, before we even took our first breath or our heart took its first beat.
We were running away, going in the opposite direction, but God in Christ had orchestrated and provided our eternal redemption.
God has demonstrated to us, the helpless and the ungodly his infinite unconditional love. For his love is bigger, more self-sacrificing, more amazing and more abundant than any other love. His love found us at our worst and does not condemn us but rescues us and places us into Christ.
Just as Jonah was placed into the fish, you have been placed into Christ. You are now totally covered, totally safe, totally secure and supernaturally sustained in the embrace of Christ. Before you were born, God provided his son to die in your place so that you could receive the fullness of God and live in the embrace of Father and receive all the riches of heaven.
God is for you, He has already moved to help you, He loves you unconditionally, and you are the treasure of heaven.