Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jonah 1 - 4; 2 Timothy 2

My man climbed a mountain…well,he hiked a 14er and did it well. He called me from the peak or summit and in tears wanted to share the moment with me. He learned a lot and yet proved to himself that he can still do it and is encouraging me that I can as well.
Still feeling powerless and yet finding or beginning to find some JOY in that, but not a lot……
Jonah 2: 8 "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.

Jonah 4 Jonah's Anger at the Lord 's Compassion
1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD, "O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live."
4 But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?"
5 Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."
9 But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."
10 But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

You can just see Jonah sitting there being angry….pouting before God because HE is merciful and Jonah’s not……pouting that God is concerned about the people of Ninevah even after his own life being so amazingly saved by God. Just so like us, like me wanting from people and myself what only God can provide. Weird huh??
And then this.......the lady wept

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