I have been thinking lately about what happened to Jonah. Yes, I know he got out of the whale! I mean AFTER that. After he prophesied destruction according to the Lord’s command and AFTER God decided not to crush Ninevah because of their fasting and praying. (These are the kinds of things that keep me up at night but stay with me.)
Jonah was chosen by God. So Chosen that God literally disrupted an entire ship of men and then had a whale come and bring Jonah into its belly for THREE DAYS. That is how badly God wanted JONAH to be the one to bring the message to Ninevah. Why? I don’t know. But It is clear from Scripture that God wanted Jonah to do it and was not going to let up. And as we read in Chapter 2 Jonah is like "okay this is a little much so God please let me out of this whale. This is NOT the move." And God is gracious enough to instruct his whale friend to spit him out. And then Jonah heads to Ninevah. He shows up and does his prophetic thing and the people are like oh snap! We are about to get in HUGE trouble. So they do what we all do when we are in trouble: pray! They call a fast and begin praying and pleading with God to help. And it works. God being the good dad that He is is like awwww you all are actually so sorry. I wont destroy everything- No worries!
All good right? No. Jonah LOOSES HIS COOL. Scripture tells us that Jonah is Displeased. He is ANGRY.
“ And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful and slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and relenting from disaster. “
Jonah wanted to die. He was like you know what…I am just gonna sit down right here and DIE. I am done. BYE FELICIA.
And after some casual dialogue with the Lord, God says in vs 11 “And Should I not pity Ninevah, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left and also much cattle?”
God is saying- Look Jonah, these people do not know any better but they know enough to ask for pity. How can I not be merciful to them?? And thats the end of the book of Jonah.
So what is Jonah so mad about and WHY is that the end of the book?
Was he no longer willing to serve God because things didnt go the way he wanted?
Was his heart to hard towards the people he prophesied to that made it impossible for God to use him?
Did he DIE like he asked???
We don’t know. Story is over. The end. But here is what I take away from it and maybe you see it too.
It is not my job to be angry about an outcome. I cannot hold on to my desired outcome tighter than I do to God. It is my job to do what God said. And when I am in the midst of an obedient moment whether that is prophesying or sowing or loving or showing mercy, I cannot do it without LOVE. If I am on assignment for the Lord, I have to also have HIS heart to do it well. Because that is the nature of our GOD. His heart wanted to save NInevah(us) even though they were a HOT MESS TOWN. And don’t talk back to God cuz then you disappear from the bible and people end up writing blog posts about you questioning your character. #justsayin
What do you think happened to Jonah?
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