We’ve made it to the end of Jonah. I feel like chapter 3 would have been a better way to end the story. Chapter 3 ended on such a high note! Jonah had responded to God’s call to go to Nineveh (the 2nd time). The whole city (including the animals) put on sackcloth and fasted. And then, God spared them.
What a happy ending! Too bad it’s not the end.
The first words of Jonah chapter 4 are, “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” Wow. This is serious stuff. Jonah was mad at God for being merciful.
I really don’t like when things don’t go my way. I get Jonah. He and I are very similar. I just can’t comprehend God’s grace for all people… If I were God I would do things much differently.
I suppose that’s what makes grace, grace.
Check out these words from Jonah. He says, “That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.”
Jonah really didn’t want God to be gracious to Nineveh. He makes that explicitly clear here. And yet, what did God do? He was gracious to Nineveh – BUT, he was also gracious to Jonah in his rebellion!
As I was reading this description of God, I read it this morning from a parent’s perspective. What would it look like, as parents, if we modeled ourselves on these characteristics of God?
Slow to Anger.
Abounding in steadfast love.
It’s a constant struggle as a parent to live in such a way. And yet, this is how God loves his entire creation. Including you.
Today is a new day in God’s grace. Live it. Love it. Share it.