Jonah seemed close to God, though. He was close enough to God to recognize His voice when He spoke to Him. He told the truth when his ship was tossing dangerously in the waves. He owned his bad behavior and was willing to take the necessary action to stop it by going overboard. He prayed in the belly of the fish, believing God could hear him.
God used Jonah in a mighty way, even though he was rebellious. Jonah's preaching had marvelous results, even while his attitude was bad.
I'm not saying we can/should have a bad attitude. What I'm saying is, it's ALL God Who did what was done. Jonah was His chosen instrument, but what did God need from Jonah? People tell us that God needs our obedience, willingness and cooperation to accomplish His will in our lives. Really?
God needs NOTHING from us. Nothing. He is God. He will accomplish what He sets out to do in our lives. Does this mean we can do whatever we want? Sure...............if we want to end up in the belly of a big fish or some other situation unpleasing to the human condition.
I'm only saying that God does not need me or my pathetic attempts at pleasing Him to accomplish His will in my life.
Praise be it's HIS doing. There's not one ounce of credit I can claim for anything, not even the next breath I take.
I'm so, so very glad it's all HIM.