God’s Promises, revealed in the story of Jonah: Recognizing your Ninevah

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I thought I would wrap up the God’s Promises series, the series between Advent and Lent, focusing on the promises that God shows us through the story of Jonah. We’ll spend the next few days in the belly of the whale and see how God shows every one of those promises to Jonah.

But the LORD said, …And should I not pity Nineveh…in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left?’ Jonah 4:10-11

Jonah is happily going about his life as a prophet of God to Israel, but then God turns Jonah’s call and tells him to go to Nineveh, a city that is filled with every form of abominable evil you can imagine. Jonah did not want to go to Ninevah. He figured he’d be mocked, assaulted, probably even killed if he walked on the scene preaching about a God who these folks didn’t know and telling them to repent. God was telling Jonah to walk into the storm, to put himself and his faith on the line.

Can you relate? You’re just zipping along living your life, reading the Bible, trying to do good with what you have and zap- Ninevah. Wait a minute! Not that! Anything but that! And you begin to barter with God. “Instead of Ninevah, God, how about X,Y,Z?” What, where, or whom is your Ninevah?

Look at your Ninevah- really, square on. Now take a step back and recognize that God loves, celebrates, even adores that Ninevah. Does that change your perspective?

So what to do when God shows the destination and it’s Ninevah? How to handle a crossroads in life when you’ve said you’re consecrated, living for Him, but the task isn’t what you expected, and it isn’t what you wanted? Trust God.

Take a breath, focus on your center which is Him, and trust Him. It isn’t our path or our destination. He is leading the way and we just have to follow behind Him.If it’s too scary we can close our eyes, clutch His robe, and take one step at a time.

Today’s music choice is “In the Belly of a Whale” by the Newsboys. It was featured in the “Jonah- a Veggie Tales Movie”. I watched this movie a zillion times with my kids and since I can’t even think about Jonah without hearing this song, I thought I’d share it with you. If Jonah had a theme song, this would be it.

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