Jonah 3 : Nineveh Repents
The word of the Lord comes to Jonah a second time, and this time he obeys and preaches to Nineveh. Nineveh hears the message of repentance and the whole city is overturned towards God. They believe God, they declare a fast, from the king to the beasts. God sees and relents from His anger. He has compassion and Nineveh is spared from destruction.

Response
Read Lamentations 3:22-26 and thank God for His new mercies every morning and unfailing compassion. Pray for salvation of loved ones.

Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.

Jonah 4

Jonah 4 : Jonah Resents
Jonah becomes angry that God relents from sending calamity, so angry he says it is better for him to die. The Lord asks, “Have you any right to be angry?”
Jonah sits in a shelter to see what will happen to Nineveh and the Lord provides a vine to give him shade. Jonah is happy. The next day God provides a worm which chews the vine so that it withers. The sun rises and God provides a scorching wind and the sun blazes on Jonah’s head. He grows faint and wants to die. The Lord asks, “Have you any right to be angry about the vine?” Jonah says yes and God replies that he’s concerned about the vine he has not tended, how much more God should be concerned about Nineveh whose people are in spiritual darkness.

Response
‘I care only about my own feelings.’
‘I am the judge as to who is deserving of God’s salvation.’
‘I am more righteous that you who deserve to be punished for your great wickedness.’

We may not utter those statements but our actions speak forth. Examine our hearts today.

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23, 24 NIV)

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