“And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah….And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land”Jonah 1.17; 2:10
God alone has aseity. What does aseity mean? God exists by his own power. God alone is all-sufficient; he does not live and move and have his being in anyone or anything except himself. God alone is the fountain of all being. He does not stop existing. Paul says, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1.16-17).
Additionally, nothing is to God contingent or uncertain (cf. WFC 2.2). God does not wait to see how things will unfold. He is not hoping for this end result or that outcome. Therefore, if God has aseity and his plans are not contingent or uncertain, then was God on his tiptoes hoping that Jonah would go to Nineveh? Simply put, no.
Who made the fish puke Jonah on dry land? Did Jonah pull a MacGyver and poke the fish with a random stick in order to make him upchuck? Nope. God is sovereign and God simply spoke and it happened. That is the same way God created the earth. Genesis tells us, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1.3). That’s all the exertion he puts forth; he just effortlessly speaks. This is the sovereign God.
What about Jesus? What took place at that wedding in Cana? The host ran out of wine and “Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’” (John 2.7). What was in the water jars? Aged wine—the best wine, not cheap nasty wine. Jesus spoke and the water turned into wine. This is the sovereign God.
Returning to Jonah, where did the fish regurgitate or hurl Jonah? Did the big fish vomit Jonah into the depth of the ocean and did Jonah have to hold his breath, and somehow swim to the top and then swim to dry land? Did Jonah strive to survive? No. The Lord made the fish barf Jonah onto safe, dry land.
As you can see, God is not dependent on anyone or anything. He orchestrates and interweaves everything to carry out his plans in his own timing. He does it for his own praise and purpose. Do you remember God’s plan for Jesus? Jesus was “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, (was) crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2.23). How was Jesus killed? By the hands of lawless men. But whose plan did they carry out? God’s definite plan. Solomon takes it one step further to say, “The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble” (Proverbs 16.4). Don’t be under any illusion. God will not be mocked. He will always have his way—even today.
– Pastor Knox