07/07/2018 — the book of Jonah
So, why do we go from 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles to “Jonah?” Well, 2 Kings 4:23-25 gave us the answer in that our reading now fits into chronology of Jonah’s life:
23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years. 24 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 25 He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath to the Dead Sea,[e] in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.
And is there anything we do not already know about the story of Jonah? Well, as I read this time one fact hit me — even at the time Jonah was thrown overboard he was a missionary for the Lord and helped others see the Lord’s power as detailed in Jonah 1:15-16
15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.
This speaks to me in that even in the worst of times we have the opportunity to serve the Lord. While we may not see the results, we can be used by the Lord.