“But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’ And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.” (Jonah 2:9-10)
At the beginning of Jonah chapter 2, Jonah is in the belly of a fish, and for several verses he’s lamenting the trials he has faced.
He’s talking about seaweed around his head. He’s talking about the billows that raged over him. But suddenly, Jonah makes a shift in his perspective and says, “But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.'”
I don’t think it’s any coincidence that in the very next verse after Jonah decided to be grateful even in the midst of difficult circumstances, is when he got out of the whale.
When you get grateful, shift your mindset, lift your eyes, and give God praise. It will either release God’s provision or open your eyes to see the provision that was there all along.
Why? Because gratitude is the gateway to the provision of God.