We all have to come to end of ourselves to see our need for God. Jonah is trying to run away from God and going deeper into himself and away from God’s grace. His prayer reveals an encounter with God and his grace. The end of himself.
Jonah runs and God will not let him go. A great storm comes upon the ship and the pagan sailors need Jonah’s help. The response of the sailors contrasted with Jonah’s sleepiness is an eye opening revelation of who Jonah really is. Where Jonah ﬁnds his true identity and hope.
Why would God send Jonah to an enemy of God’s people? Another thing that makes this book interesting is the fact Jonah resists the call. He’s a prophet of God given the words of God for Assyria, and Jonah runs. What does the ﬂight of Jonah reveal about him, us, and God?