4 And (The Lord) Yahweh threw down a great wind to the sea, and there was a great storm in the sea, and the ship was thought to be about to break up. 5 The sailors were afraid and (each) man cried out for help to his gods. But Jonah went down (into) the remotest part of the ship, lay down, and fell asleep.
The Lord Yahweh saw what had happened, and He threw a great storm down onto the sea… so much so that the sailors thought the ship was going to break up. The sailors, seasoned seamen, who had doubtlessly faced many storms without even a hint of fear, were terrified. They were all praying to their gods for the storm to cease, but to no avail… hardly surprising since their gods had no power against The Lord Yahweh.
Meanwhile, Jonah got up, and went down into the remotest part of the ship, in to the hold somewhere, where he lay down, and fell asleep.
Already, twice in this book, Jonah has turned the other way when people were perishing…. The first because of their sin, and the second because of the storm and their ignorance of God. Worse than that, Jonah was the indirect cause of the storm, and he still didn’t care.
I can’t afford to hide away and go to sleep while people perish. I’ve been put here for such a time as this, and my role is to bring the good news to people, and usher them into God’s kingdom.
Father, please forgive me for sleeping while people are perishing. Please forgive me for running the other way, when you’re calling me to bring Your word and Your hope to others. Please speak clearly so that I know what You want me to do, and give me the courage to immediately obey.
In Jesus’ name. Amen