Jonah 2:8 - Dont Settle for False Fixes.

Jonah 2:8 (CEV) All who worship worthless 
idols turn from the God who offers them mercy. 

Jonah 2:8 (NIV) Those who cling to worthless 
idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.  

Jonah 2:8 (NLT) Those who worship false gods 
turn their backs on all Gods mercies.  

Jonah 2:8 (HCSB) Those who cling to 
worthless idols forsake faithful love,  


These verses provide a remarkably astute 
assessment of the nature of salvation. Those who pursue 
worthless idols forsake the mercy that God 
provides. Salvation is of the Lord as His 
precious gift. [Believers SB] 

Those who worship worthless idols (false 
gods) forfeit God's grace and abandon any hope for 
mercy from the Lord. Any object of our devotion 
that replaces God is a lying vanity. We deceive 
ourselves with something that is ultimately empty and 
foolish. Make sure that nothing takes God's rightful 
place in your life. [Life Application SB] 


   When were in trouble, were often 
tempted to find some sort of quick fix - or at least 
something that will relieve our stress. 
   Peoples families may be falling apart. 
Their finances may be falling apart. Their careers 
may be falling apart. Their health may be 
falling apart. With their backs against the wall, 
they try everything imaginable to solve the 
problem. Everything, that is, except asking God for 
   We need to reject any attempts at a false 
fix, and instead turn to God for help. 
   Jonah had time to think about this when 
he was stuck in the belly of a big fish. 
Heres what he prayed: All who worship worthless 
idols turn from the God who offers them mercy 
(Jonah 2:8 CEV). 
   Today we dont carve idols. But we 
still have them. Some of us idolize our cars. 
Others of us idolize our homes or our clothes. 
Sometimes people idolize fortune, wealth, or fame. 
Anything we place above God is an idol. 
   The only solution for our problems is the 
grace of God. Anytime we turn to something else, 
were turning to an idol. 
   Years ago my family was on vacation, and 
because I like learning about rocks and minerals, we 
went into a store that sold the kinds of rocks 
people collect. There was a whole section of quartz 
crystals that supposedly could solve a variety of 
problems. For instance, the descriptions claimed the 
crystals could provide contentment and confidence or 
supposedly create a protective shield or even give you 
some sort of psychic intuition.  
   But I knew they wouldnt help me with 
any of those things. 
   In fact, the crystals and the promises 
about them reminded me of Romans 1:25: They 
exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped 
and served created things rather than the 
Creator (NIV). 
   When you choose to believe something, 
other than God will solve your problems, youre 
placing your trust in an intimate object. Your 
serving a created thing rather than the Creator 
   When Jonah was at the bottom of the ocean 
in a big fish, he didnt turn to an idol. He 
trusted God to help - and God came through. 
   God will do the same for you. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Today's Scripture reads, "Those who cling 
to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could 
be theirs." We probably do this every day. We 
forfeit grace - sweet favor from heaven - that could 
have been ours. It's there for us, wrapped up in 
a beautiful package with a bow on top - 
strength, patience, endurance, supernatural insight, 
miraculous provision, and providential timing. The 
grace of God is abundantly available to us every 
day, but all too often we forfeit it, give it up, 
and let it go in order to invest in personal 
idols. What idols? It might be the idol of food, 
alcohol, TV, computer games, sports, Facebook, or 
certain relationships. When these things - not 
sinful in themselves - replace the time we might 
have spent seeking God in His Word and in prayer, 
we lose the grace that could have been ours. 
But when we loosen our grip on these things and 
stop clinging to them, we find the capacity and 
ability to accept His grace, letting it fill our 
hearts and minds. 
   Lord, it's no small thing to forfeit Your 
blessing on my life. I know there are days when I 
value certain comforts or preoccupations above 
time with You. It seems like a good decision at 
the time, but what have I lost? What have I 
forfeited? How I need Your grace! I want nothing less 
than the full measure today. [A Spectacle of 
Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry Libby] 


Isaiah 59:1, 2 - How Does Sin Separate Us 
From God And His Blessings. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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