S- God’s Mercy Makes Jonah Angry
4 But this made Jonah very unhappy, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “When I was still in my own country this is what I said would happen, and that is why I quickly ran away to Tarshish. I knew that you are a God who is kind and shows mercy. You don’t become angry quickly, and you have great love. I knew you would choose not to cause harm. 3 So now I ask you, Lord, please kill me. It is better for me to die than to live.”
4 Then the Lord said, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry?”
5 Jonah went out and sat down east of the city. There he made a shelter for himself and sat in the shade, waiting to see what would happen to the city. 6 The Lord made a plant grow quickly up over Jonah, which gave him shade and helped him to be more comfortable. Jonah was very pleased to have the plant. 7 But the next day when the sun rose, God sent a worm to attack the plant so that it died.
8 As the sun rose higher in the sky, God sent a very hot east wind to blow, and the sun became so hot on Jonah’s head that he became very weak and wished he were dead. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you think it is right for you to be angry about the plant?”
Jonah answered, “It is right for me to be angry! I am so angry I could die!”
10 And the Lord said, “You are so concerned for that plant even though you did nothing to make it grow. It appeared one day, and the next day it died. 11 Then shouldn’t I show concern for the great city Nineveh, which has more than one hundred twenty thousand people who do not know right from wrong, and many animals, too?”
– Jonah 4 v 1-11
O- Have you ever been jealous, upset or frustrated at/about someone. You didn’t want anything to go right for them?
When frustrating things happen it is really easy to focus on yourself like Jonah did. Jonah really hated the people of Nineveh. He basically threw a tantrum when things didn’t happen like he expected. He wanted the people to get punished. He was devastated after being in the scorching sun and dry wind.
God has such a great love for all people. His infinite love can be poured upon you and still have enough for me, because God is not human. His love has no limits. He is limitless. Even Jonah, a man of God, couldn’t understand that great love. Although Jonah had finally obeyed God, he did not have God’s love for the people. It is easy to do what you are told but it is not easy to have a good attitude.
A- As we face difficult situations God is always there loving us. We are not to blame others even when it feels right. God wants us to love others. When we show love people can feel and see God. Tell someone you love them today and pray that God would give you the courage to do so&a loving nature – if your feeling a we bit rocky.
K- The next time you are frustrated remember the love of God has for everyone. God sees the big picture. It is like putting a puzzle together and we see our small puzzle piece while God understands the entire thing and how it fits perfectly together.
All my love xo