Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Jonah 2:8


Heavenly Father, when you appointed a big fish to swallow Jonah, it was a demonstration of your great love, severe mercy, and cosmic sovereignty. Thank you. When we take flight, you don’t go to spite. You go to “saving.”

Nothing else could have led your much-love son to declare with clarity and sanity: We’re either clinging to worthless things, or resting in your grace.

Father, maybe this vexatious, just-won’t-go-away virus is a giant global-fish, you’ve appointed to humble the proud, revive your people, and bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus. You are that merciful and mighty. When Jonah finally went to Nineveh, you demonstrated your global saving power (Jonah 3).

Irrespective of what we think about the virus and Jonah’s fish-story, you’ve promised us you’re going to keep on “shaking” our world until your unshakable Kingdom comes in fullness (Hebrews 12:26-28). You love us and your world that much.

Bringing it back down from the global to the personal—by your Spirit, Word, and good friends, reveal what we’re clinging to that cannot save us, give us life, or fill the Jesus-shaped vacuum in our lives.

Maybe a look below the surface of our fears, anger, and anxieties will reveal the things that have become too important to us—more vital than Jesus. Father, we want to sing afresh, “Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art.” Please erase, “I am clinging, clinging to worthless things” from our play list and hearts. So Very Amen