ALREADY FIXED Andy Hollifield 10-19-18
Jonah 1:17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah….
Did you catch that? Past tense! The Lord HAD prepared. Before Jonah was ever thrown overboard and even before they ever set sail, the Lord had already prepared that fish. He had dispatched the fish to that particular spot in the sea where Jonah would be thrown over when he got there. We look at that scripture all wrong. We think of it as a harsh judgment but it is actually quite the opposite. If that fish hadn’t of swallowed Jonah when he did, Jonah would have most certainly drowned. God preserved him because he had something for him to do.
The word prepared is used 101 times in the bible. The word means “to put in proper condition or readiness”. Of the four things in the book of Jonah that God prepared, a gourd, a worm, and an east wind, only the fish was prepared ahead of time. This kind of reminds me of the story of Abraham taking Isaac upon the mountain to offer him as a sacrifice in Genesis 22. Do you realize that before Abraham even started up that mountain that on the other side God had started that ram? He got that ram prepared and had it right where it needed to be to become a sacrifice. Before Abraham ever got up on top and strapped Isaac down to the altar, God, unknown to Abraham, already had the solution to Abraham’s problem. Think about that for a minute. Since God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11) that means what he did for godly Abraham he will do for you. Even when we get rebellious against God as Jonah did, God in his mercy prepared him a way out of certain death. It may not have been comfortable but it was what was needed and was in the right place at the right time.
With that in mind, what does that say about your problems? It should tell us that before we even know we have a problem, God already has the solution in place. He has already prepared it just for you. Betty Jean Robinson recorded a song that said “just hold on to Jesus and ride out your storm”. That’s good advice for me and you if we will just take it. Your problem that’s worrying you so bad; it’s “ALREADY FIXED”. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!