If you have ever asked yourself (or God) the question, "What is God doing?" or thought, "I do not understand what God is doing", then you'll be blessed by this message. I have to confess... I do NOT always understand what God is doing or allowing, particularly when a situation is confusing or hurtful. If you've ever felt that way, then you and Jonah have a lot in common.
My prayer is that Jesus will use this message in your life, and the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to you. We may not always understand at a given moment what God is doing, but He still has a word for us, even in THOSE moments.
May God bless you as you listen and respond to His Word. - Kirk McCormick
In this passage…God is saying to Jonah…
…Let me be God.
Jonah 4:4 – “But the Lord replied, ‘Have you any right to be angry?’”
Point: We may not understand what God is doing – though we maylater/after … but the truth is…
God owes no explanation.
Proverbs 19:21 - “We may make a lot of plans, but the Lord will do what He has decided.” (CEV)
God is saying to Jonah…Trust me.
** Ever notice that sometimes God’s purpose for our lives is accomplished not by delivering us out of our difficulties but by leading us through them.
Jonah 4:10 – “The Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.’”
Point: Trust is Opportunity’s response to crisis.
Job 13:15 - “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” (KJV)
God is saying to Jonah…
I want the best for everyone.
But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well.
…then the punch line…
Jonah 4:11b – “Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
Matthew 5:44 – Jesus said, “Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” (NLT)
Point: Pray for your Enemies/Adversaries.