“Father, make me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”
~ Jim Elliot
Has God ever given you a second chance? For many, the answer to that question is yes. Though, we can agree on the fact that we don’t deserve this second chance; it is given to us through God’s incredible grace. This is exactly where Jonah finds himself in this week’s look at the third chapter of Jonah. Jonah has had the privilege of being in God’s good graces for the best part of his life. Following God has been Jonah’s life’s goal, but as we all come to a place in our lives, often we consider fleeing from God rather than following Him. Jonah made a decision to flee from God’s will for his life by choosing not to go to Nineveh. Things have not gone his way from that very moment. Are they going well for you right now?
Jonah has been given a second chance in his life. God has given Jonah a second chance to follow Him rather than flee Him. What this says about God is that He is patient, He is gracious, and He is kind. God’s will for Jonah’s life is bigger than Jonah’s decision to deny it. God has a plan for each and every one of us and that plan is far greater than anything we can ever conceive! Jonah is about to learn that as he moves into God’s will for not only his life but those who reside in Nineveh.
Jonah reaches Nineveh as God called him to. Upon his arrival, Jonah began to cry out the words that God had given him to speak. This message wasn’t taken lightly. This message was received with very heavy hearts. God’s message for Nineveh was that the city would be overturned if they failed to repent for all the wrong doing they were doing! This message was so powerful that it had reached the king of Nineveh and transformed an entire city! Repentance and change was ringing throughout the streets and into every home. God showed compassion upon Nineveh that day leaving behind the wrath. This is where you and I are today. God has a message for you, and it isn’t one of death and destruction. Rather, it is of life and of love. As God promised in John 3:16, He didn’t come to condemn the world but to save the world!
How are you going to respond in light of God’s message for you and your life today?
What will be the outcome of your response?
Remember, God’s will for your life far outweighs anything you could have ever expected! Help bring the message that God has written on your heart to those who need it so desperately, and watch the will of God work as only His will could. He can use you and wants nothing more than for you to follow, not flee!
This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. His heart is in the pastorate and is attending Capital Seminary and Graduate School to pursue a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies.