Psalm 114
Jonah 2:1-10
Matthew 12:38-42

It feels like we’re in the belly, doesn’t it?

There has been so much fear, waiting, praying, and unknown happening during these past 4 weeks. It’s not easy and I’m not going to pretend it is.

At the end of the story, though, Jonah is delivered. God’s people are always delivered. Best yet? As followers of Jesus we are living in a time and in a way that God’s Hebrew people didn’t get to experience. We have the Holy Spirit with us always. We have a Savior who took on God’s wrath so we don’t.

It feels like we’re in the belly of the big fish, but we’re in a much better place. We’re in peace with God. We’re in hope. We are alive with Him who lives forever.

The Psalm gives breath to poetry in a way that most people think of poetry as: full of symbolism and lyrical and just beautiful. Then verse 7 says “Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord” and that is a truth that is not hidden in poetic beauty.

God is in control.

I am not telling you to ignore social distancing. I am not telling you to protest. I am not telling you to do anything that defies what the CDC is recommending in this long season. I am reminding you that God is still in control. Even in this chaos.

He was in control when he split the Red Sea. He was in control when the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. He was in control when Jonah was in the belly. He was in control when Nineveh repented.

He was in control when He sent His Son to the Cross.

He’s in control now.

We don’t have to understand it, brothers and sisters. We don’t have to “like” it (I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a house where hate wasn’t allowed and my biggest insult to my sister was “I love you AND I don’t like your right now”). God’s big enough to handle it if you don’t like Him. If you don’t like this pandemic. If you don’t like the separation from your family and loved ones.

He’s not afraid of it.

And at the end of the day; after we’ve bemoaned the situation, after we’ve cried and screamed, and expressed ourselves, we’ll be delivered. Why? Because God is faithful and always delivers his people.

It feels like the belly of the fish, but we are in a much better place than that my friend.

Express yourself truly. Know God is good through it all.

And remember we’re in this together.

With all my love, dear FPJ family;

PS: I know the Bible says “Big Fish” and everyone has a misconception it’s a whale… but try finding a picture of a “big fish” vs. a whale for the Featured Image. Also, this PS is supposed to make you smile a little. So, I hope that worked.