“So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.”
One of the things that is missed from the Book of Jonah are the prayers that are prayed. In the verse above is found one of the prayers of this book when the mariners asked Jonah to call upon God. They said, “…call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.” The three most powerful words in this verse are, “…if so be…” They knew they didn’t deserve God’s answer, but they still wanted to give God a chance. They understood that their situation was hopeless, but they still needed prayer just in case God chose to come through. They completely understood that their only hope was God. They knew they needed to pray if so be that God chose to do something.
My friend, your situation may seem to be hopeless, but you must pray, “…if so be…” The doctor may have diagnosed a health issue that is incurable, but you need to call upon God, “…if so be…” Your finances may be in a place that there is no way to turn them around, but you need to pray, “…if so be…” Your marriage may be at the point where there seems to be no way to salvage it, but you must pray, “…if so be…” Your church situation may be at the point where you seem to be powerless to change what is happening, but you must go to God and pray, “…if so be…” Your family situation may be at a point that you don’t see any way of it getting better, but you must never forget to pray, “…if so be…” These three little words are powerful words that remind the believer of three things.
First, “…if so be…” reminds the believer that there is always hope. The storm these men were in had already taken these men to the brink of destruction, but they had the hope that God would hear and intervene. You always have hope as long as you pray. Your hope dies when you choose not to pray. Many believers have reached the point of hopelessness only to find hope in their prayer closet. Your situation is no worse than what others have faced in history. What you are facing may be bad, but there is hope as long as you pray.
Second, “…if so be…” reminds the believer of the power of God. The mariners knew that the only one who could save them from the storm was God, and He did save them. Believer, God is not overwhelmed with your problem. If God can part the Red Sea, He can handle your situation. If God can knock down the walls of Jericho, He can handle the massiveness of your situation. If God can feed the millions of the Israelites for forty years in the wilderness, He can take care of your budget needs if you will pray and trust Him. If God can raise the dead, cause the blind to see, make the lame to walk, deliver his children from the fiery furnace, provide safety for Daniel in the lion’s den, and perform so many miracles for His children in the past, He can still deliver you today. God’s power has not waned at all; He is still the omnipotent God.
Third, “…if so be…” reminds the believer that God answers prayer. Every prayer prayed in the Book of Jonah was answered. My friend, I don’t know what your need is today, but I do know that you need to call on God, “…if so be…” What is your “…if so be…” situation? Let me challenge you right now to take your problems to the LORD and ask Him to intervene. God answered the “…if so be…” moment for these mariners, and He can and will answer your problem today.