“The the Word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time…”
As one prone to sin each day, I am grateful that god is not a “three strikes and you’re out” kind of God. I would have been disqualified from the team long ago if that were the case. Instead, our Creator is a God of grace and compassion; slow to anger and rich in love (Psalm 145:8)
This Truth must have comforted Jonah, the RUNAWAY PROPHET.
God commissioned him to preach against the Nenevites’ sin.
Fearing these violent and oppressive enemies, Jonah sought to flee the call of God upon his life by running the other way. In the process, he was disobedient and rebellious, fell deeper in to sin, and soon placed other people in harm’s way. Eventually he found himself in a pit of deep despair–inside the belly of a great fish–
pondering his foolishness.
God rescued him, and recommissioned Jonah to go and preach to Ninevah. The results this time were astounding!
How often have I missed a blessing in my life because I was not obedient when God’s call on my life was evident? How often have I failed to appreciate that God didn’t let me wallow in my sin, but restored me to a right relationship with Him? Our God is a God of the second chance. He wants us to succeed! We should never allow ourselves to feel that any sin is so great that He will not take us back and allow us to try again.
Dear God, thank You that Your anger burns slowly while Your grace and mercy are available moment by moment. Guard my life against foolish living and let not my sinful ways lead me into pits of despair. Restore me. Help me to be all that You desire so that You may be glorified and the world will hear of Your saving love. Amen.
By Brad Hoopes
Director of Development
Dayspring Christian Academy
Galatians 2:19-21, “For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”