But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:9
Sacrifice resonates with surrendering a possession.
Is thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ a sacrifice?
Jonah prayed this prayer in Jonah 2:9 when he was in the belly of the fish. He was in this situation due to his disobedience. He was a prophet called by God to preach but he disobeyed. He was thrown into the sea and was swallowed by a fish.
At the lowest point of his life, Jonah did three things.
He gave thanks to God, sacrificially
He confessed and committed to obey
Acknowledged that his salvation is from the Lord
This was painful but he pushed himself to act
In our lives when we hit rock bottom, search for those moments in our pain and brokenness, when we can give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ, sacrificially. Then, the Lord Jesus Christ will truly reach out and save us.
Lord Jesus Christ will turn our mourning into dancing and our sorrow into joy