Then the phrase of the Lord got here to Jonah a second time, Go to the good metropolis of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I provide you with. Jonah 3:1-2
Then the phrase of the Lord got here to Jonah a second time, Go to the good metropolis of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I provide you with.
Is your coronary heart at all times delicate to Gods prompting?
I would like to reply sure; nevertheless, as I ponder my very own response, I acknowledge that the one truthful reply is emphatically, no. Regrettably, many instances my coronary heart is enticed by my very own egocentric price, consolation, and comfort. Consequently, I endure the calamity of selection the unavoidable trigger and impact of my very own disobedience selecting my will over Gods will.
Can God use a reluctant coronary heart? Completely! Gods name is larger than my tendency to disobey.
Apparently, Jonahs ebook begins with God commissioning Jonah to be his consultant among the many Ninevites. Jonah, refusing to embrace Gods name, encounters the persuasive calamity of his personal self-centered selection. Regardless of Jonahs apparent reluctance, God by no means revokes Jonahs mission mantle; moderately, by way of Jonahs disaster of circumstance and ensuing prayer, God reiterates Jonahs name. In the end, Jonahs obedience influences repentance among the many Ninevites.
What can we be taught from Jonahs preliminary response to Gods name? Primarily, when God asks us to embrace his name, we can’t emulate Jonahs flight, worry, or foot-dragging response with out consequence. As present-day Gospel custodians, individually and collectively, we can’t enable private pursuits and priorities to affect our reluctant response. God calls each Christ-follower to be his arms, toes, and voice. Might his enduring grace encourage us to affect our sphere of affect and particularly these he calls to grow to be his personal.
Expensive Heavenly Father, create in me a trustworthy coronary heart that’s delicate to your prompting. Empower and equip me to be your arms, toes, and voice amongst these I encounter in my life journey. Amen.
By Allan Mitchell
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