Jonah 3:1-4 (NASB)
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was [a]an exceedingly great city, a three days’ walk. Then Jonah began to go through the city one day’s walk; and he cried out and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh will be overthrown.”
Read the entire book of Jonah for context
God gave Jonah specific instructions to go to Nineveh and pronounce His judgment because of their wickedness. Jonah knew how forgiving God was and decided that he didn’t want to do it. He didn’t want his enemies to experience the grace of God. Jonah thought the grace of God should only be for the select and not all. Jonah’s disobedience caused a storm on the boat that effected the other sailors and resulted in him being swallowed by a large fish. While in the belly of the fish, Jonah got back right with God through prayer. God commanded the fish and it vomited Jonah up on dry land. Then God gave Jonah other opportunity to walk in obedience and he did.
Many times we feel like Jonah. We don’t want our enemies or the evil people in this world to be a recipient of God’s grace. We foolishly think that His grace is only for Christians but if that were so, we all be in the grave. We haven’t always been saved and it was God’s grace that kept of then and is keeping us now. We don’t get to decide who God will save no matter how treacherously they have may have lived or are living right now. God reigns on the just and the unjust alike. He has no respect of persons. His Son died for us all and not for the select few. Let us overcome the Jonah mentality and sincerely pray for all people.
Father, forgive me for trying to play god in other people’s life. Your grace is available for whosoever will accept it and believe. It is not place to decide who should get your grace and forgiveness. Help me to truly walk in the fruit of the Spirit so that I can be a reflection of you. Help me to sincerely pray for the hearts of all the people to be turned towards you. In Jesus name, amen!
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