You will have heard of the expression “to get ahold of yourself”.

God was hoping that Jonah would have ‘got ahold of himself’ for the task God had for him to do.

And yet, as we read from the account in Jonah, the only ‘hold’ Jonah knew was when he put himself deep down into the hold of the ship.

You could say he was ‘holed’ up there!

But alas, when God gets ahold of him

He ends up in the hold of a whale.

And the ‘fix’ that Jonah had fixed for himself in attempting to flee from the presence of the Lord

Ended up with God fixing his fix by fixing a fix of His own!

Even David the Psalmist had this to say about that, “Where can I go from your Spirit, or where can I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold you are there!”

So let us yield to the will of the Father the first time.

And hold fast to Him who has a hold on you!

A fixed and firm hold.