Jonah is one of my favorite prophets. I think part of it is because if the Lord can work through Jonah, an obviously flawed person, then it gives me hope that he can work through me.
Anyway, I was thinking that a second incident in Jonah's life might be applicable to some of us here. (It is to me, I think.) After Jonah goes on his mission, he has great success, and the people of Ninevah heed his message and repent.
But Jonah isn't happy. The Lord said for him to tell the people to repent or be destroyed. He wanted to see them destroyed! But the Lord had other plans. Because of their repenting, the Lord delivered them from the destruction He had promised. Jonah, not happy, sulked under a gourd, until the gourd died, and then Jonah made himself so miserable he wanted to die.
Anyway, you can read the whole thing, but I think it's interesting how this story shows that the Lord has his own timeframe. Sometimes I feel like certain people and places deserve a little bit of the wrath of God. Like Jonah, I am not being as compassionate, loving, and patient as my Master whom I claim to serve. It's a chastening thought, but one that I need to keep in mind!
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