Pastor Tim Romero

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Jonah 4:1-3

Jonah 4:1–3 (ESV): But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, "O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."

Perhaps you've never been this blatant with your words but have you ever been displeased with God for being merciful to your enemy? This is the total depravity of man at its best when we are upset with God for saving a pagan enemy let alone an entire nation of pagan enemies!

Jonah knew God was a God who saves so his assumptions were right when he got the call to go to Nineveh. He knew God would save and that is exactly what He did. Jonah was displeased with God and raged with anger as a result. All he wanted to do from here is curl up and die.

Really? That is ridiculous with a capital R! And yet we can feel this way at times. This is why we don't walk by feelings because they lie to us. Any displeasure and indignation towards God is a result of me not getting my way. Even when our enemies get saved we ought to rejoice no matter how hard it might be. We should praise the Holy One whose arm is not too short to save. Don't get mad at God. Ask Him to change your heart on the matter. He will if you let Him. Never forget who you once were before He saved you Christian. Amen?

Father, thank You for saving the vilest of sinners including me! Protect me from allowing rogue emotions to rule my heart and mind. Help me to meditate on Your Word and remember the grace and mercy You have shown to me in all things I pray in Jesus' name, amen.
Jonah 4:6-8
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