Adam’s Devotional – September 17-23, 2020

From Adam…

Jonah’s sermon in Nineveh is more successful than he can possibly imagine, and he is enraged.  He yell-prays at God, “This is why I didn’t want to come– because I knew you were a gracious and merciful God, abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing!!!!” While grace, mercy, and love sound like good qualities, Jonah resents them.  Why?  He doesn’t thing the Ninevites deserve forgiveness. So he prays a prayer of hateful anger and resentment. What happens next is amazing.  God doesn’t smite Jonah for praying in that way. God talks to Jonah.  God engages Jonah in relationship and asks, “Is it right for you to be angry?”  The good news is that God can handle anything we can possibly throw.  The story of Jonah ends, and we don’t know what Jonah does.  The question about his heart is left open-ended.  Will he learn to love the way God loves?  Will he be resentful and hateful to the Ninevites forever?  In Ryan Moore’s sermon last Sunday, he said this:  “We may not know what Jonah is going to do, but we know what God is going to do. God is going to keep loving Jonah.”  The same is true for us.  God is going to keep pursuing and loving us just like God pursued, loved, and called Jonah. What are you carrying in your heart right now that you don’t feel like God could handle if you said it out loud in prayer?  Say it. Pray it. God’s pursuing you . . . be a part of it. 

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