With the east wind You shattered the ships of Tarshish. Amp.
Tarshish -c) a place on the Mediterranean (a merchant vessel).
Jonah was a prophet that the Lord called to go to Nineveh and preach, warning them of the judgment to come if they did not repent. But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from being in the presence of the Lord. He left and paid the fare to go on a ship to Tarshish.
We know the story of how a storm arose and they were going to perish, and Jonah knew it was because of him and told them to throw him overboard. They did and the Lord sent a great fish to swallow Jonah.
Jonah cried out in his distress and the Lord heard him and the fish vomited Jonah. What did Jonah say that caused the Lord to hear and answer him?
Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted upon me (crushing me) I earnestly and seriously remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.
8. Those who pay regard to false and worthless idols forsake their own (Source of) mercy and loving-kindness.
9. But as for me, I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that which I have vowed. Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord! Amp.
He knew that he had allowed the worthless idols to lead him away from his Source of mercy and loving-kindness and offered the only thing he had which was thanksgiving for the mercy of not letting him go.
Sometimes all we have to offer is thanksgiving. We can always be thankful for what we have been given. We will never run out of ways to be thankful.
If God calls us to do a certain work for Him that we would rather not do, this is our example. If we try to run and hide from God, we will only be hurting ourselves and those around us.
The Lord will cause a mighty storm to arise to get you back in His will. He knows what is best. It is always best to submit to His will. We may not be swallowed by a real fish like Jonah, but we will find ourselves entangled in much distress of our soul that only He can deliver.
Psalm 48:7 says He shattered the ships of Tarshish….. I wonder why?