Shall we try this again, Jonah? This man, who spends more time sulking than prophesying, finds himself back to square one. “What might happen if I avoid God’s will again? More nights in the belly of a whale? I think not!”
So it is that Jonah makes his way through Nineveh obeying the command from God, yet with no energy to do it. The people repent in grand style! Jonah’s anger flares up. Then he sulks again when the little bush withers up. The Lord’s compassion is never-ending. The last verse is similar to the final words of Jesus on the cross: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34).
Be careful about sulking. Do God’s will, even when you do not feel like doing it. In the belly of your person, there is a sense deeper than feeling—you simply know what God is asking of you.
Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
In the season of Pentecost we read Amos to Nahum with Lamentations 4—5 in the Ninth Week.
What are “Bible Breaths”? Learn More…
Example: From sulking to surrender 4:8
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