FISH CATCHING A MAN

Most people understand the concept of a man catching a fish, however we are going to look at the concept of a fish catching a man.

One of the issues our society faces today is how the enemy, Satan, is influencing and attacking the young people. Samuel, a man of God, who was only 7 when he began serving the Lord shows you can never be too young to be a witness for Him.

“From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise” – Matthew 21:16

And even though you sinned or faced trials, God will take that pain and bless someone else. He will use you, through your experiences, to witness to someone else.

Many of you may know who Jonah was: a prophet of God. God told Jonah to relay a message to Nineveh, one of the most sinful cities around. Jonah did not want to listen and decided to take a ship and travel the exact opposite direction of Nineveh, because of how evil it was. God saw this and had Jonah thrown off the ship he was traveling on and become devoured by a fish. This is where we see the importance of a fish catching man.

Jonah was trapped inside the belly of the fish for 3 entire days. In that time, Jonah prayed to God. At the end of the three days, God had the fish spit Jonah out on a shore near Nineveh, where God commanded him again to preach to the Ninevites.

What would have taken three days to accomplish, took Jonah only one day, to go through the city and witness to the people. Immediately, the people repented, allowing God to spare them.  Jonah was upset at God’s decision because we wanted to see them pay for the sins they committed. But he failed to remember God had spared Jonah from drowning in the sea for disobeying God’s command.

What we have learned is that we’ve all been on that wide road. God turned us around. We have been on the path of destruction just as Ninevites had, but now we have the information that can save someone.

Why keep this information to yourself? Do not be like Jonah in that he tried to run away from the opportunity to save the city of Nineveh. Be the bold witness of Christ and go forth to spread the Good News!

by Deanna Oxner

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