Jonah’s call is clear — and his response, though unspoken, is equally clear. He ran away from the omnipresent God. He might have felt that he was successful in “fleeing” from the Lord. But he was wrong.
We always are when we think we can escape God. He is no wimpy celestial parent who wrings His hands at the rebellion of His child and says, “Oh, no! Whatever shall I do?” God acts. He has the whole universe at His disposal to deploy against His mutinous missionary. God uses, or rather “sends,” a “great wind on the sea.” We read in Psalm 135 that “He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.” (v. 7, KJV)
Great winds produce great storms and this storm caused hardened, nauseous sailors to panic and become incredibly religious! As they called out on their “own” gods, they divested themselves of the very cargo they were paid to transport. They did everything they could to preserve their own lives, even resorting to religion in their despair. But where is Jonah? (to be continued)