Pastor Tim Romero
Jonah 4:6–8 (ESV): "6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, "It is better for me to die than to live."
God is the heart revealer! He appoints all things for this purpose. God appointed both a great fish and a plant to reveal the heart of Jonah. I wonder what He has appointed in your life?
After Jonah saw the people of Nineveh respond in repentance to the message of destruction he went outside of the city and pouted. God graciously provided a plant for Jonah to sit under. It's the first time in the story we read that he was happy. However, his exceeding gladness was short-lived. God appointed a worm to eat the plant so it withered. God then appointed the sun to turn up the heat on Jonah all to reveal his heart. He cared about no one but himself.
What has God appointed in your life recently to reveal your heart? He will not leave one selfish thing hidden but will uncover all fleshly desires so that we can truly have the heart of Christ for others. If you feel like God has put you in a bad spot maybe it's because your heart has some hidden things He is attempting to reveal. Don't get mad at God, repent of your selfish ways, and grow in your love for others. Amen?
Pray this prayer of David today, Psalm 139:23–24 (ESV): "23 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! 24 And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." In Jesus' name, amen.