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Jonah's Struggle with Control and Anger

Good Afternoon Harvest Church Family,

Sunday we looked at how Jonah struggled with not getting his way and what he thought should and hoped would happen to the Ninevites. 

Through his obedience to God, he proclaimed to the people, that God would destroy them unless they repented and gave up their evilness. What he hoped was that they would reject God and then would be destroyed.

Instead, all of them from the King down repented and the city was saved. "When God saw that what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.” - Jonan 3:10

We see it in the beginning with Adam and Eve hiding, running from the very voice and call of God when they disobeyed.  We see it in the life of Abraham lying to protect his wife, when God never said to do so.  We can see it in the life of David as he tries to hide his sin with Bathsheba. And of course in the life of the disciples every time they are asked to do something difficult.

In Jonah 4:1, we see, "But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry" from this we saw that Jonah was angry, disgusted and displeased with God and with life.  Jonah's prejudice kept him from seeing the greatness of God and His love for all people, not just the Israelites.

The problem with so many of us is the same problem with see in Jonah.  We want to control how, when and what God answers.  And often we feel as Jonah does that we would rather die than admit we are wrong because we think we know better than God.

We often think if only God would do it our way and take of that person with His wrath then life would be great. But God challenges Jonah just as He does us, to trust that His ways are always higher and better than ours.  That our world is not just about us but about loving God and loving Others.

Who are our Ninevites in our lives?  Who is it that deserves more compassion and forgiveness?  Are we willing to allow God to use us and to trust Him with the message and the results?  Do we love the people in our Nineveh?

We don't know if Jonah finally repented of his sin of control and anger and let God use him further to reach others with the message of forgiveness and compassion.  But we do know that can be our story, that we can reach others with the Message of His love, forgiveness and transformation. 

Looking forward to beginning a new series of Sunday and hope to see you at 10:30 am.

Blessings,
Pastor Tim 
Lead Pastor 
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene