PASSAGE: JONAH 2: 1 – 10
MEMORY VERSE: Jonah 2:9“But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the Lord.”
HYMN: MHB 377 (S.M.) -HOW CAN a sinner know?
Jonah, a prophet of God, in disobedience was running away from God when trouble caught up with him at the sea and he was thrown into the sea by sailors to appease the wrath of God. Jonah was meant to perish in the sea but God sent a great fish to swallow him and kept him safe in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights! What a great miracle!
Jonah 2: 1 – 10 is a prayer of thanksgiving to God for His deliverance from danger. Only God could have saved him in such a terrible situation. Salvation, indeed, belongs to God.
The word “salvation” is defined by the dictionary as, “saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation.” The Christian usage of salvation is ‘the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil.” Salvation is derived from the Greek verb “SoZo” (salvation) and it has several meanings:
Saved from danger or death: We see this from Peter’s plea to be saved from drowning (Matthew 14: 30),
Saved from disease: Healing of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5: 34)
Saved from eternal death: Matthew 1: 21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Acts 16: 31 says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
To have eternal salvation, there are some things one has to do: Luke 8:12 says
Hear, believe and do the word of God
Be honest and have a good heart;
Keep God’s word in your heart and live it;
Be well-rooted in the Word, and do not let it be snatched from you by Satan who looks for whom to devour.
Let the Word of God bear good fruit in your heart
Are you facing any danger or threat to your life? Are you sick? Are you living your life without Christ? Call on God today like Jonah, Peter and the Philippian Jailor and you will be saved.
PRAYER: Save me Lord from the dangers and perils of this world and from living a wasted life.

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