Reflection of Jonah 3 and 4
Wow. Jonah’s a baby. In one chapter he got his act together, set off for Ninevah and set the place on fire with repentance. A nation wide fast was proclaimed and over 120,000 people had lives that were changed. No big…Not to get political, but can you imagine if Jonah 3:4-10 happened in America? Have mercy! Flipping on the TV only to see Obama declaring our nation and all people and animals within it to mourn and wear burlap, refusing food and water until God changed His mind about us? Our need for nation wide repentance is already here, but (and that’s a BIG ol but) I’m not seeing Obama making that declaration any time soon. In short, God’s heart was already softened towards the Ninevites, hence the drastic measures he took to get someone there to preach to them. Jonah was finally obedient to the call and hearts were drastically changed. Just like Jonah’s heart was initially changed.
Lives forever changed.
Yet, Jonah STILL became angry when the Ninevites repented. With God.
Wait, did I miss something? Are there some verses missing?
No, the scripture is complete, but clearly Jonah’s heart is not. Apparently he’s having a “country club” state of mind when it comes to the Ninevites. And if I search my heart deep enough, I’ll find that I too expect exclusivity from the Lord. The God who sent His son to die for our redemption. I expect Him to violate His own word and not be “the same yesterday, today and forever.” I expect Him to love me more than people in my life. The people who makes me crazy because they are undependable, complains all the time, are miserable in their own life, loves and creates drama, has a constant “glass half full” mentality.
But He doesn’t. Throughout history God has loved equally. Cleopatra, Paul, Hitler, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, a nameless homeless man in LA, Bill Clinton…no matter their placement on the globe or the timeline of the universe…