As seen in the previous chapter, Jonah was punished for his disobedience of God’s direct command to go to Nineveh. He was in the whale for three days and nights, before he finally broke down and repented of his sin before God. Jonah realised that his sin was wrong, and that he needed to confess it to God before he could open communication with him. Sin can only be reconciled through sincere confession, and that is what Jonah did. God graciously gave Jonah a second chance; likewise Jonah was to give Nineveh a second chance.
(Author’s note: For sake of space the entire passage will not be quoted to the post, but it would be good to read all of Jonah 2 with this post)
Jonah 2:1-2,10 – Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.
Jonah confessed his sin to God, and God forgave him and put him back on his feet. While this seems simple, it has much greater meaning. Jonah, who 3 days before had rejected the call of God to preach salvation in Nineveh, was given a second chance. Since God will forgive that, and then help us back up, even if we struggle with sin God will be there. He is not going to leave us behind because we sin; but do not use that as an excuse to sin freely. As seen in the previous chapter, God will punish sin; perhaps not by throwing disobedient servants in a great fish, but by other means that will get the attention of a person. Make a note of this as you go about your day.