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God is in the Depths

Jonah 2:1-10

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.

He said,

"I cried out to the Lord in my great trouble,

    and he answered me.

I called to you from the land of the dead,[b]

    and Lord, you heard me!

You threw me into the ocean depths,

    and I sank down to the heart of the sea.

The mighty waters engulfed me;

    I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves.

Then I said, ‘O Lord, you have driven me from your presence.

    Yet I will look once more toward your holy Temple.’

I sank beneath the waves,

    and the waters closed over me.

    Seaweed wrapped itself around my head.

I sank down to the very roots of the mountains.

    I was imprisoned in the earth,

    whose gates lock shut forever.

But you, O Lord my God,

    snatched me from the jaws of death!

As my life was slipping away,

    I remembered the Lord.

And my earnest prayer went out to you

    in your holy Temple.

Those who worship false gods

    turn their backs on all God’s mercies.

But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,

    and I will fulfill all my vows.

    For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”

Then the Lord ordered the fish to spit Jonah out onto the beach.

Community Group Questions

  • What is something that you failed at so badly that you just had to walk away?
  • What is something that stood out to you from the message this morning?
  • Pastor Nathan noted four different responses that we see in the Book of Jonah: the gritty sailors, Jonah in the fish, the sinful city, and mad Jonah. Which of these responses stuck out to you and why?
  • Have you experienced a "storm" that changed your priorities in life and in worship?
  • What part of Jonah's prayer, in Jonah chapter 2, is something you want to incorporate into your prayer life?
  • Pastor Nathan boiled down the "mad Jonah" response to an underlying statement: "In order to receive my God's love, you must earn Him." How have you seen this attitude in yourself (or in others)? What can we do to battle against this mindset?
  • What does it mean to you that "God is a God who is in the depths with us...and them?" How should that change the way you live?
  • Share a time in your life when God reminded you that He was in the depths with you.