Daily Bible Podcast Day 177 – Jonah 1-4, 2 Timothy 2

April 26, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, ‘Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.’” ~Jonah 4:1-3

God ends up having to force Jonah to obey. Then, God decides not to destroy the Ninevites after they repent and stop their evil ways. Jonah is upset. He wanted the Ninevites destroyed, which is why he avoided going to Nineveh in the first place. God even asks Jonah if it is right for him to be angry. God is the one with standing to be upset with the Ninevites, not Jonah. Yet God is merciful. Jonah’s lack of mercy is in opposition to God’s abundance of it.

How often am I like Jonah? I suspect that I am usually quicker to judgment than God is. I want evildoers punished, God wants them to change their hearts and experience His mercy. God wants repentance, while too often we want retribution.

God, help me to turn from my own wicked ways and repent. Thank You for the mercy You have already shown me. Help me to not wish that same mercy denied to others. Also, if it is Your will, I am willing to be a messenger to call others to repentance. I’ll do my best to stop acting like Jonah and have Your heart for those far from You.

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