“At the roots of the mountains; I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God.” (Jonah 2:6)
We may often find ourselves in regrettable situations due to our own decisions. If I choose to make a poor decision that goes against God’s will or direction for my life, then I better be ready to face whatever consequences that God will either bring or allow to draw me into repentance.
Jonah had a specific call from God to preach His message and truth to the people of Nineveh, yet in fear he chose to run from God instead and head the opposite direction to Tarshish.
The Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah up and give him time to think about his decision, and that’s when he said the prayer found in Jonah 2.
You’ll notice that he said this prayer of repentance WHILE in the belly of the fish, and thus the “pit” that God allowed Jonah to fall into (or rather get swallowed up by) did its job. Jonah was wise enough to recognize this and decided to stop running and faithfully obey.
If you’ve made any decisions that have gone against God’s calling on your life, whether that is a specific thing He is asking you to do or simply obedience to His Word, then you’ll likely find yourself in a pit like Jonah did.
The best thing to do is not get yourself into that pit in the first place, by walking in steadfast devotion and obedience to the Lord daily. But if you do find yourself there, take a lesson from Jonah and immediately repent, get right with God, and obey the call He’s given you.
The Lord is quick to forgive those who have entrusted their life to Jesus, and in time He will surely help you find your way out of the pit you’ve gotten yourself into. What you are being called to do once you’re out may not be easy, but know that the Lord will be with you as you do it.