I think Jonah might have been an introvert. Seriously. He had gone down below deck. Perhaps he was seasick. Perhaps he was hiding. It appears he was taking a nap. It’s exhausting to run away from God!
But the one piece of cargo that is napping below deck is causing the ship to sink! The rebuke from the ship’s captain is direct: “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish!”
Jonah’s conscience (an interesting side study in this book) allows him to sleep like a baby. A baby running away from his god. It’s kind of hard to call on one’s god when in rebellion. Disobedience has a way of stifling one’s prayer life.
“All hands on deck!” in Jonah’s situation meant everyone must, right now, call on their chosen deity to save them from perishing. And Jonah appears to not care about the life of these sailors — or himself. An infection of apathy has taken root in Jonah’s heart. (to be continued)
A prayer for today: “Lord of the winds and the sea, show me my apathy toward Your concerns for this drowning world. Please take away from me my spiritual slumber and re-deploy me in Your service! In Jesus’ name. Amen.”