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Jonah 4

Sun, Jan 31, 2021
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But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was 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, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4:1–3 (ESV) Have you ever seen God work in amazing ways? Maybe it was in the conversion of someone you had been praying for. Maybe it was in His provision for you in an unexpected way. Maybe it was deliverance from a difficult or dangerous situation. What was your reaction? Did you pray? Or Cry? Or just wonder in amazement? Jonah witnessed one of the most amazing revivals in history. After shirking God's mission he preached God's judgement in Ninevah. By God's grace the entire city repented all the way up to the king. Incredible. God's Spirit was moving. What was Jonah's reaction? Pouting anger. In chapter 4, we come to the point of the book. It's a chapter that is often left out of the story, but without it we are just left with a miraculous tale without the bite. Before we get too self-righteous as this Unwilling Prophet, I believe God has something for us to learn as well. Take some time before Sunday to read through Jonah (it's just a couple pages).
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