“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the fish’s belly.” (Jonah 2:1)
The people of Nineveh were some of the most feared of ancient times. If the Assyrians didn’t skin their conquests alive, they would drag them off to foreign lands to serve foreign gods. To the godly, Jewish person, these people were simply obnoxious. Yet the God of Israel had hope that they might respond to His compassion and turn around if someone would simply share God’s message. God had just the man for the job, a prophet named Jonah. So God said “Go”, but Jonah said “No”.
Jonah was so repulsed by the Assyrians that he got on board a ship heading in the opposite direction. Initially, Jonah thought he escaped God’s call but instead found himself in the belly of a fish. I would think that most people would be crying out to God the moment they were being tossed overboard, but not Jonah. Jonah was a man of principle. His “no” meant“no”. So Jonah sat in the belly of that fish for THREE DAYS. That’s what I call stubborn.
Have you been stewing in some fish’s belly, fighting the call that God has on your life? Jonah finally softened up and cried to God for help, just like the Ninevites would do. God can even use the stubborn, if they just turn around.