NOT HAPPY, GOD! ~ Jonah 3 ~ 12 July 2015
In Jonah chapter 3 we hear of God’s call to Jonah – take two. He is graciously given a second opportunity to obey God’s call to preach to Nineveh resulting in the remarkable conversion of this corrupt and violent city. In Jonah 4:1 we discover deflation instead of elation: rather than being overjoyed at the remarkable conversion of a godless city we find Jonah angry and depressed. He cannot stomach mercy being shown to a repentant Nineveh. This recipient of God’s unexpected grace complains bitterly when others are shown similar kindness. This is what happens when prior loyalties and hidden fears hold sway in our hearts rather than the compassion that God feels for those who deserve His judgement, no matter who they or what threat they may represent to our own peace and comfort! It is good to be reminded that we do not have a monopoly on God’s universal love. How easy is it to be scandalised by God’s grace when our scruples and prejudices are offended!