Jonah 3:10 (GNB), Jonah 4:1-3 (GNB)
God saw what
they did; he saw that they had given up their wicked behavior. So he
changed his mind and did not punish them as he had said he would. *Jonah
was very unhappy about this and became angry. So he prayed, "LORD,
didn't I say before I left home that this is just what you would do?
That's why I did my best to run away to Spain! I knew that you are a
loving and merciful God, Now then, LORD, let me die. I am better off
dead than alive."
reason why Jonah initially ran from the assignment that God gave him
(Jon.1:1-3) was because his attitude was similar to that of the elder
brother of the prodigal son. He could not comprehend the loving heart of
God. He might also have previously heard of the people of Nineveh and
somehow, believed that they were undeserving of a second chance. Truth
is he stood in judgement of them and wanted them to suffer the
consequences of their actions. When he spoke God's word to them, he did
not anticipate that they would turn to God and/or that God would have
mercy on them. In the end,
Jonah ended up feeling very frustrated about everything.
If we do not want to end up feeling like Jonah felt, we must never
desire that evil befall anyone or group of people, no matter how bad or
evil they may be. We need to always join God to sincerely desire their
restoration back to Him. Remember, it is not God's will that any man
should perish but that ALL men come to repentance, 2Pet.3:9. They can
turn to God at anytime and God can have mercy on them. Also remember
that it was by the mercy of God that you were saved; not because you
were better than or more deserving. Desire that the same mercy of God
that you have found also be made available to them. Be a minister of
reconciliation and not of condemnation. Don't be like the scribes and
Pharisees who wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery (John
8:2-11). Be like Jesus who
God used to restore the woman by His mercy. Allow God to use you to
restore the lost to Himself.
God, pour out Your saving touch and restoration upon all those in my
life that need Your saving grace right now.