I Remembered The Lord!

posted Apr 2, 2011, 2:30 PM by Dale Barnes   [ updated Apr 4, 2011, 2:21 PM ]

“When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.” (Jonah 2:7NIV)

This was one of the most hopeless situations found in the Bible. Jonah had been running from God. He had boarded a ship and a great storm came up on the sea. He admitted to the sailors that he was fleeing from God and he was the cause of the storm. The crew threw him overboard, and he had been swallowed by a large fish. What a mess! What a hopeless mess caused by his own disobedience. Maybe you can relate to Jonah?

Another translation reads; “When my heart fainted within me, I remembered the Lord.”
There seem to be no way out. He was completely helpless, and he had cause the whole thing. When all hope was gone; when my heart was fainting; when my life was slipping a way, I remembered the Lord.

Listen to me! God is ruler over hopeless situations. He is ruler over our self made problems. He is God no matter what the situation. I want you to remember the Lord.
No matter how terrible your sins, the magnitude of your failure or the greatness of your difficulty, God is bigger. There is hope,for the hopeless, in him.

“...the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”(2:10) Everything turned around for Jonah when he remembered God, humbled himself and began praying. God has put these true stories in the Bible to encourage us all and give us hope. He wants us to come to him; admit hopeless condition and call on him for help. Be serious about it, and look to the Lord. This is the time of his grace; his unmerited favor. Christ gave his life for the ungodly, the weak, the needy. So reach out to him, call on him and hold on to the Lord. See what he will do!