Up to this point in Jonah we have seen a fair amount of calamity. Now however, we are going to witness the power that comes from obedience. While reading through and completing my study guide, several verbs stuck out to me:
God came to Jonah a second time and told him to go to Nineveh.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. ~Jonah 3:1-3
Jonah → Obeyed
Jonah told the people of their wickedness in the sight of the Lord.
The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. ~Jonah 3:5-6
Ninevites → Believed
These people heard the good news message, repented of their wicked ways, and called upon the Lord.
When God saw that the Ninevites had turned from their evil ways, he “…relented concerning the calamity which he had declared he would bring upon them. ~Jonah 3:10
God → Relented
God saved the people from perishing.
When God’s people obey Him, He is able to use them to bring others to Himself. Then, God gets the awesome job of saving those very people from their sins. God relents from bringing great calamity on them and turns their heart to receive Him.
The lesson I take away from this chapter in Jonah weighs heavy on my heart.
Who have I given up on because I think they are too far gone? Who have I walked away from, refusing to share the gospel with them – whether it be through my life, my love, or my words? Who is missing out on believing in faith and receiving salvation because I refuse to obey?
Between you and me, this is the second time I have stumbled upon this lesson in the past week. Ouch. Ok Father, I am listening! Pray with me today and ask God to reveal a person with whom we could share the good news of Jesus.
Father, You are maker of heaven and earth; nothing is too hard for You. Forgive us for the ways we have not obeyed You, in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Give us boldness to carry out what You have called us to do. Specifically, show us the person in our lives on whom we have given up. Enable us to obey Your command to make disciples of all nations, including sharing the gospel with this specific person. Prepare that person’s heart to receive the gospel and believe on it. Thank you for Your compassion and for sending Your Son to die in our place. We pray this is in Jesus’ name. Amen!