More Moments About Jonah 4
Have you ever been concerned about the wrong things?
In our chapter today, Jonah is concerned about the wrong thing. (Jonah 4:9-11)
You see, Jonah pities a plant, but God pities the people. Jonah is concerned about his own comfort, but God is concerned about an entire city of lost souls. Jonah focuses on his current situation, but God focuses on the salvation of many. Jonah is consumed with all that is temporary, but God is committed to the eternal.
When we really think about it, isn't it unbelievable the anger and emotion we can express over things that in a few hours won't matter anymore? And yet, we fail to express love and concern for the people around us who will live forever somewhere.
Maybe there is a little Jonah in all of us.
Let's ponder a couple of examples. For instance, we can be more concerned about having our dry cleaning done properly than we are about the person behind the counter. When we go out to eat, we can get all emotional about having our order prepared correctly without ever giving a thought to where our server will spend eternity. We can get angry or frustrated with our family over petty issues and miss an opportunity to show God's grace, mercy and unconditional love to those around us.
Through the practical illustration of a plant, God is tenderly working to soften Jonah's stubborn heart and urging him to put on a heart of compassion for others. Let's be honest, we all experience times when we become selfishly focused on our own comfort or desires and fail to model the kind of servant's heart that reflects the compassion of Christ.
I pray as we go through this day God will soften our hearts and practically prompt us in tangible ways to extend His mercy and compassion to those around us as well as to a lost and dying world.
2 Corinthians 4:18
Major Moment: God has compassion on the Ninevites and Jonah is angered.
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