God: One More Time with Jonah

Douglas VanBronkhorst

Read: Jonah 4:5-11; Romans 2:1-11

You have no excuse, O man . . . who judges. (Rom. 2:1)

Jonah, think about what you’re feeling, what you’re thinking, what you’re saying to me. You’re concerned about yourself, especially “your” vine. Yet, you care nothing for Nineveh. Think about what its destruction would mean. Can you imagine 120,000 men, women, and children losing their lives, plus all the animals? And all you care about is being comfortable while you wait, hoping to watch them die. Jonah, are you so concerned about fairness and justice that you don’t care about fellow human beings? If you had been Joseph, would you have put your brothers to death in Egypt? If you had been King Solomon would you have cut the baby in half?

Jonah, I care about the people of Nineveh, even the livestock. That should be enough for you to care also. I have provided a way for their salvation. That should be a source of rejoicing for you. I made the world, the sea, the fish, Israel, Nineveh, its cows, you, and the vine—I am God, and you are not.

I choose to love sinful Nineveh. I sent you to them, and they responded to my message with repentance and faith. I can continue to use you for my glory, if you’ll trust me and follow my ways. I love and forgive you. But, Jonah, do you love me? —Doug Van Bronkhorst

Prayer: Lord, help me see my sin before I see the sins of others. Create in me a grateful heart and may my heart be broken by the things that break yours. Amen.