// I know breakthrough is coming. By faith I see a miracle. My God made me a promise, and it won’t stop now. //
Won’t Stop Now: Elevation Worship
He is faithful to remember the littlest details of your life.
Another day, another series end. We’ve been with Jonah. Most of us can say we’ve been in Jonah’s state of mind. “The Lord told me to do what?!” (Established Authority.) “I ain’t gonna do it” (Belly Rumble.) “I’m sorry, I am gonna do it.” Back On Track.)
Jonah is an example of what to do when you’re called to do something and struggle in the midst. So to end it off Jonah was by far not perfect. That’s what makes him human. He seems to relate to how we really feel when God can move in our life.
To point out, it also shows the love of God to pursue Jonah. Not only him though, but the people of Nineveh. So we will see the perspective of Jonah after we just saw God move to save the people.
Jonah 4, will be our reading. In order to honor your time, we encourage you to read the passages for yourself. We will give paraphrased verses to help summarize the topic at hand. By reading for yourself you too will gain fresh wisdom and knowledge from these passages.
“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry.”
Jonah 4:1 NKJV
Your boy was mad. Jonah wasn’t overjoyed that Nineveh was saved. He actually had anger! Does that sound familiar. Jonah had climbed to a perch where he was ready to see the distraction of this wicked land. Time passed, the sun passed & yet still NO DEATH. He came out all this way. Got swallowed by a fish for what? This! A merry little village saved? The audacity of God!
Verse 2-3, Jonah prays in agony just that. “It is better for me to die than to live.” Very dramatic to say the least. But it was a real feeling. God wants you to be real with Him. God lets Jonah yell it out then simply this is the response God gives.
“Then the LORD said, “ Is it right for you to be angry?”
Jonah 4:4 NKJV
Sulked up Jonah went to sleep. But the goodness of God loved Jonah even though Jonah wasn’t very good to God. God took the opportunity to change Jonah’s perspective of the situation by this.
The plant He gave, then was eaten by the worm He made to cover the son He loved? Confusing? Just check out these next couple of verses.
“Then God said to Jonah, “ Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “ It is right for me to be angry, even to death!”
Jonah 4:9 NKJV
Still, a root of bitterness is being revealed. What God reveals He is willing to heal. This is the zinger.
“But the LORD said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”
Jonah 4:10-11 NKJV
God compares His love for the people of Nineveh to Jonah’s love for this plant. He breaks open a new window to look through. God will always provide a way to see how He sees. BUT… you got to be willing to stop and willing to take a look.
We know today that Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our mind. Everyday the enemy will try to break you. Even over the little things. We as believers have to capture our thoughts and let God speak to us. More so we have to be willing to listen. Cause He is always speaking.
As we’ve concluded this month’s series, we have a special upcoming post you won’t want to miss. We’re sure it will bring some peace to your storms.
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.