8 And they said to him, “Tell us, now! Trhough who, (and) for who, (has) this evil (come) to us? What’s your work? And from where do you come? What’s your land? And what’s this people you (come) from?”
The lot had fallen to Jonah, and now the people on board the ship wanted to know what he’d done wrong to bring this trouble on them. They asked him a whole heap of questions about his work, the land he came from, and the people he came from.
However, none of this would have come as a surprise to Jonah, since he was running away from God, and knew exactly why the trouble had come to them. He told them that he was a Hebrew and that he feared God, Yahweh of heaven… who made everything… including the sea and the dry ground.
I find it interesting that, at this moment, Jonah declares his fear of The Lord Yahweh. Up until this point in the story, he’d done anything but Fear Him. He’d deliberately disobeyed Yahweh, and ran away from Him… But now, Jonah remembers who God is, and what He’d done.
Perhaps it would be a good thing for me to start fearing God in everything, rather than wait until everything’s on the line. There’s not much of a witness in living any way I please, running away from God… like Jonah, my words must sometimes seem empty. I need to have substance to my character. Having said that, God wasn’t done with Jonah, and He’s not done with me either.
Father, please teach me how to fear You in all I do, not just in church on Sundays, or when I’m trying to get a point across. Please help my character and behaviour to reflect You at all times.
In Jesus’ name. Amen