I’m almost certain you’ve heard the story of Jonah before. Regardless of your church involvement, almost everyone is familiar with the man who was swallowed by the whale. But Jonah is much more than a childhood Bible lesson. At its core, it’s a story about a stubborn man and a gracious God.
Jonah was a prophet during the reign of King Jeroboam II, between 786 and 746 BC, but unlike other prophets in the Old Testament, he’s not as heroic, and certainly not as likable. He is stubborn, rebellious, and some could argue even racist, which makes him the perfect teacher for you and me. Even though it’s only 4 short chapters, his story is filled with valuable lessons. Lessons like:
But most importantly, we can learn that God is more loving, gracious, and in control than we can imagine.
Over the next 7 days, you will read Jonah’s story twice, along with other companion verses. As you read, ask God to show you the truth you need to see.
After you finish reading, be sure to listen to the daily podcast episode of Jonah by Daily Faith + Life wherever you listen to podcasts.