Pastor Tim Romero
Jonah 1:17–2:2 (ESV): "17 And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, 2 saying, "I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice."
God puts us in places of isolation to get our attention. The more isolated we feel the more apt we are to cry out wholeheartedly to Him. He is always our rescuer and only He can comfort us in times of chastisement, trial, and testing.
After Jonah was thrown overboard from the boat God appointed a great fish to swallow him. This was by God's orchestration to get to the rebellious heart of Jonah. Immediately as Jonah is isolated in the belly of this fish he began to cry out and God heard his cry and rescued him after three days.
Sometimes the best form of discipline a parent can give their rebellious child is isolation. To separate them from the known world around them. Loneliness has a way of speaking volumes to us. God will often get us to a place where it's only He and us so we can evaluate if we want to be rebellious or not. Like Jonah, when we cry out He is there! Stop wasting time Christian. Draw near to God freely by getting in a quiet place yourself. Be isolated for some time daily so you can keep your own heart in check. If you don't, God will surely do it for you, amen?
Father, we thank You for getting our attention. May we never sulk when disciplined but respond with immediate repentance so we can be comforted by Your gracious and loving hand we pray in Jesus name, amen.