So this week we finish the book of Jonah by exploring chapters 3 & 4. So finally Jonah obeys and goes to Nineveh and rebuke the people. The people humble themselves, repent, fast, and pray. How beautiful it must have been to see a whole city lead by their leader collectively fasting and praying! And what does Jonah do, get mad because God chose to show Ninevah grace and mercy. For real?! Did God just not do the same for you Jonah after you deliberately disobeyed Him? God then attempts to show Jonah the error in his thinking (using the plant) and he misses it until God points it out directly.
Now we do not know what Jonah’s reaction was after that, but I have things I imagine, after all I have been Jonah. I would hope at that moment Jonah hit himself up side his head after looking in the mirror amd seeing Ninevah staring back at him. There is no difference in Jonah’s disobedience than the people of Ninevah. In fact in my little human eyes I hold Jonah more accountable than the people of Ninevah. But luckily Jonah and I are not God. His grace and mercy is so much more than any of us can ever imagine! He continues to pursue us and gives us unlimited chances. I am so grateful that God pulls me out of my Jonah anger when I get beside myself and look down on others or get caught up in self pity because others have want I and/or think I deserve.
Lord, during this time if fasting purge me of erroneous thinking and fill me with love, grace, and mercy for others. Amen.