One of the readings today is Jonah 3 and we are reminded that God has compassion for all. We need to develop an attitude that mirrors His – not Jonah’s.
Jonah had willfully disobeyed God’s call to preach in Nineveh. In verse 1 we see that God gives Jonah a second chance. We need to remember a couple of things about second chances. God’s will is going to happen. God had wanted to warn Nineveh, and Nineveh was going to be warned. Jonah was going to be the agent of that warning OR someone else would be. Jonah’s disobedience would bring discipline not rejection (a good thing to remember). God gave His prophet a second chance. Have you had second chances? Perhaps you have had many opportunities to respond to God’s guidance and have been a bit tardy……. It is preferable to respond early in the piece. Think of what Jonah would have avoided with immediate obedience! He wouldn’t have been thrown into the sea – he wouldn’t have been swallowed by that big fish.
We shouldn’t count on second chances, but if we do fall into disobedience, Jonah’s experience reminds us that we can still turn back to God and be used by Him for His purposes.
Have a great day and God Bless you,