"But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord". Jonah 2:9
It's easy to read the book of Jonah and say..."I would have listened when God called... I can't believe Jonah tried to hide from God and disobeyed Him like that" But honestly how many times have we done that? We are no different than Jonah. Sure, we're not being called to Nineveh but how many times have we known God was calling us to change but we wanted to stay how we were? or how many times have we known God is calling us to obey and instead we do it our way? Or witness to someone but we don't feel like it? Submit to our husbands,love our wives...the list can go on and on... we are sinful and stubborn but will never have that close relationship we desire until we chose to do what the Lord tells us to do. Jonah put himself before the Lord, as we often find ourselves doing with tv, Internet etc. Jonah tried to hide from God. How many times have we skipped out on fellowship and the teaching of Gods word at church and tried to hide from church members or make up an excuse thinking "oh they won't find out why I missed" but God will. I think we often don't think he notices.
You see we are a lot like Jonah. But Jonah came to put aside his stubbornness and repented and followed the will of God... are we willing to do the same?