I’ve read and heard the story of Jonah countless times in my life. It’s a familiar tale.
But recently, while reading the book again, I was surprised by a verse that I’d never really noticed before.
Look at it for yourself in Jonah 2:8:
I’ve been reading a lot recently about idols. Tim Keller has an excellent book on the subject called Counterfeit Gods. And I’m currently in the middle of Pete Wilson’s Empty Promises.
But as excellent as both of those books are, neither one of them have impacted me as heavily as these thirteen words have.
Jonah sums it up succinctly: grace can’t flow into where idols dwell.
In order to experience the fullness of God’s grace, the prerequisite is to break my grasp on worthless idols.
I know that this is going to be a topic I wrestle with a lot this week. Because I know my propensity to depend on myself, or my stuff, or my paycheck, instead of God.
And, as good and necessary as those things are, Jonah calls them worthless.
That kind of hurts.
But missing out on the grace that I could be experiencing hurts more.
What are you clinging to in place of God? What are you doing to stop clinging to this? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below.