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Thought for Wednesday 30th September
(from Rev E. Foggitt)
Jonah 2:1-10 (edited)
“From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me… With shouts of grateful praise, [I] will sacrifice to you. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.”
Jonah’s fine religious words of prayer are perhaps sincerely meant. He will indeed - in Ch3 - declare that salvation comes from God, but - as we shall see - his heart is still opposed to the Lord’s purposes.
Reflection: Do you sometimes fall into the trap of using religious words without meaning what you say?