Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.
Everyone is afraid they are going to drown in the sea and Jonah is asleep in the sides of the ship. Jonah was intoxicated on his emotions to the point he could sleep through such a horrible storm. The storm on the sea that day was a picture of Jonah’s emotions. Jonah was so angry that his emotions could drown anyone who was near him. Yet Jonah was able to sleep in the middle of all this.
Jonah was angry because he did not want to preach to Nineveh. Nineveh was considered enemies of the Jews and Jonah knew that if he went there and preached that Nineveh would repent and God would forgive them because He is so merciful. Jonah would have preferred that God destroy Nineveh instead of forgiving the whole city.
Jonah’s problem was with God. What kind of preacher would be angry because he knew he was going to preach and a whole city was going to be saved? Jonah was intoxicated and passed out on his emotions.
We can be so intoxicated on our emotions that we are completely unaware of their effect on everything around us. Jonah had reached a place to where if God would not destroy Nineveh then Jonah was going to force God to destroy him by having the mariners throw him into the sea.
God had designed the whole situation to show Jonah his own problem first before going to Nineveh. God knew Jonah was going to run and He used that to show Jonah what his own problem was. God didn’t hate Jonah because he had a problem. God was working to show Jonah what his problem was because He loved Jonah.
Let us not become so intoxicated on our emotions that we are unconscious to our effect on the lives of those around us. And when we find ourselves in a storm that seemingly is going to take the ship under start looking for Jesus to come walking on the water as he did the day that Peter discovered his own fear.