HITTING ROCK BOTTOM

Scripture Reading: Jonah 2:1-10

“For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the sea, and the flood surrounded me, all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from Your sight; yet I shall again look upon Your holy temple.” (Jonah 2:3,4)

We can be a stiff-necked and hard-headed people at times. In fact, some of us have to hit rock bottom before they yield to God. This was certainly the case with Jonah. He literally had to go as far down as possible before he came to his senses and turned back to God.

Many believers can relate to Jonah. For some, it is only when they reach rock bottom, when everything falls apart, that they learn to depend upon God. In Jonah’s case, he had to be brought to the very end of himself. It has been said that the usual place to learn God’s greatest lessons is at the bottom.

When Jonah reached rock bottom, notice what he did — he began to pray. Take time to read his prayer in verses 2 through 9. It was at his lowest point that he begins to reach out to God — “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and He answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice” (v. 2).

We have to come to the place in our lives that we realize that Jesus is all we need. Often this doesn’t happen until we hit rock bottom and acknowledge that Jesus is all we have. Jesus said — “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).

What will it take for God to get your attention? You may have to hit rock bottom, but He will deliver you because He loves you so much.

Gracious God, thank You for the trials that You have used to bring me to my senses. Thank You for loving me enough to deal with me in my rebellion and to bring me back to Yourself. Your love will never let me go!

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