Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Jonah: Frankenstein Spotted

Jonah 3:3-4 Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."

So Jonah immediately does what God told him to do. It would've been a bit foolish of him not to, right? I think the fact that it is mentioned that it would take three days to visit Ninevah is important. We will be mentioning it tomorrow though - just keep it in mind for now.

On the first day - Jonah heads to the city. There he proclaimed in the streets "You will be taken by God in 40 days". Now if we can for a minute remember where Jonah has been - his skin looks like that picture I showed from before, his hair - if he still has any - must be a matted mess on his head and it doesn't say Jonah stopped to bathe or clean up on his way to Ninevah - so I'm guessing he still has whale puke all over him. Can you imagine the people watching as this 'being' walked through the city.

There are some people out there who have come across something so devastating that they turned their lives around immediately. Whether it be seeing their loved ones killed or almost killed in a fire, or their own lives almost taken in a car accident - whatever it was - caused them to take a closer look at life and how God should be in charge of it. Do we really want people to have to see something so devastating to realize how great God is? Wouldn't it be nice if God could use us to lead someone to Christ rather than using some other method that we'd rather them not have to go through? Are we willing to be that person for Him?

2 wonderful insights:

Kay Martin said...

I'm willing to live life without so much drama, but I have to admit at times it has taken a crisis to get me going where God designed me. The older I get the more I know how vulnerable I am; and my prayer now is God every moment I need you. Left to my own best I don't do well at all on the longrun.

I thank God He made sure the Jonah's are in the Bible. Thank God for His grace and mercy.

Jonah did finally do what God called him to do. I have to hold onto that when I'm down on me and others. How merciful of God to give us tight places so that we can do what He calls us to do.

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Girl this is just good stuff. I have not been able to read them all yet but will be going through them as I study this book in detail. This is such a blessing.
Much love,
Angela