10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)
11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?”
12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.”
13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. 14 Then they cried out to the Lord, “Please, Lord, do not let us die for taking this man’s life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, Lord, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. 16 At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.” 17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Have you ever had to take responsibility for mistakes you’ve made? Many of us, if we’re honest, are tempted to pass the blame onto someone else when our errors or sins are exposed. We rarely confess quickly to the wrong we have done but find it very easy to spot the faults of others.
For Jonah, he admitted that the storm was a result of his disobedience to God. Not only that, but he came up with a solution that involved sacrificing himself by being thrown overboard (v12). Thankfully, we have a Saviour who took the punishment that we deserved for our wrongdoing. Jesus is the sacrifice that means that we don’t have to “go overboard” and be punished for all the sin that we have done.
Lord, the reality of the fall and the brokenness of this world means that I keep on sinning, even when I’m not aware that I’m doing it. Help me to take responsibility for the sins that I commit and confess them to you. Thank you so much that you sent your son Jesus to take the blame for all the wrong I have ever done. Amen