When my life was fainting away,
I remembered the Lord,
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7 ESV)
Unfortunately it is often great turmoil that brings us to the Lord. This is why we see so often God bringing disaster upon Israel. On one hand it is a punishment for they deserve to be exiled from God’s presence. On the other, it serves as an act of great mercy a it becomes the means of drawing back to God those who trust in Him. May we not need disaster to stay true to the Lord. But when we do need discipline, May we turn to the Lord for refuge.