He tried to run from God!?

Jonah 4:2

“I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”

Crazily enough, the above words were said in frustration, or even anger, by Jonah. He’d been sent by God to Nineveh. The Ninevites had repented when he preached to them, so God didn’t overthrow them, as he’d said he’d do. That’s great! Thank God for their repentance, right?!

But, instead of being thankful and joyful, Jonah was mad. Mad, why? Mad because God is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Interestingly, what Jonah said in anger is exactly what you and I want – and need – to cling to. Yes, your God is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love. It is those truths which give you the confidence to live today, for that gracious, compassionate, loving God is with you. And, it’s those truths which give you confidence regarding your eternal future.

Thank God! Jonah was right!

Thankful that Jonah was right, just like you,

pastor