The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.
Almighty God ~ You are a loving and compassionate God; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Jonah knew this but didn’t really KNOW this.
We know this but in the same way we really don’t KNOW this.
Maybe it is that we really don’t want to believe this. We want you to be compassionate and loving toward us but let’s not get too wild here. Let’s not get too crazy or go overboard. After all…there are people out there we would rather not see in community with us.
But your ways are not our ways.
Your plans are not our plans.
Your vision is not our vision.
Grant us faith to go where you call us to go; even if that means going to Nineveh (to those we would rather not see saved).
Grant us faith to trust your will.
Grant us faith to TRULY see your love and compassion for people.
Because if we truly think about it, we are Ninevites. We incurred your wrath but you sent Jesus (whom we crucified). But through faith in Jesus ~ responding to his message ~ receiving your forgiveness, you relented from the punishment due to us. May we serve and praise you for that amazing love and compassion.
We don’t deserve it ~ no one does. But according to your will, lead us as we follow you to Nineveh.
Praising you always and forever! Amen!