Aug 08

The Persistent Mercy of God

Joe Slater |Jonah 4

The story of Jonah is an enigma. God chose Jonah to be His instrument to take the message of salvation to Nineveh. Instead, Jonah tried to flee from God by boarding a ship going in the opposite direction. But God pursued His petulant prophet through a storm and a really big fish. From the belly of that fish, Jonah repented. He cried out to God, and God put Jonah safely back on shore. Back on dry land, Jonah went and proclaimed God’s message, and the people of Nineveh listened. They turned from their wickedness and they turned to God. It was one of the greatest revivals in history. The whole city was changed. But was Jonah? In Jonah 4, we see Jonah sulking, angry, hoping for God’s judgment, and far more concerned with his comfort than with the people of Nineveh. But we also see more of God, our God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” (Exodus 34:6). His is a mercy we so desperately need, and one He so lavishly gives.