This part of Jonah’s story (Jonah 1) points to the good news that God is freer of slaves. This story shows us what Jesus tells us at the beginning of his ministry (Luke 4:18).
Everything Jesus said he came to do was what the storm came to do for Jonah. The storm was good news to Jonah, who’d become spiritually impoverished; it was there to open his blind eyes and to liberate him from self-oppression.
– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 53-54
Submitting self to God is the only real freedom – because the deepest slavery is self-dependence, self-reliance. When you live your life believing that everything (family, finances, relationships, career) depends primarily on you, you’re enslaved to your strengths and weaknesses. You’re trying to be your own savior. Freedom comes when we start trusting in God’s ability and wisdom instead of our own. Real life begins when we transfer our trust from our own efforts to the efforts of Christ.
– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 53