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God in the darkness

October 14, 2009

Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish… saying, "I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me…."

--Jonah 2:1-2

When Jonah ran from God, the Lord got his attention in a dramatic way: letting him get swallowed by a giant fish. And during the three days and nights Josh spent in the fish, his heart began to turn.

Inside the utter darkness, Jonah recognized that God was at work in his life. And he found what he needed most at that moment: God's grace. 

Jonah cried out to God for mercy, and the belly of that fish became a sanctuary. He repented for his disobedient heart. And the Lord answered him and delivered him onto dry land.

God is so good to take all of our mistakes and to use them for our good when we walk according to his purpose. He is working all things creatively, constructively, and purposefully together for your good!

If your choices have landed you in unspeakable darkness, God is there. Repent and follow him. He will turn things around for you. It is his promise to those he loves and calls to his purposes.


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