Friday | December 14
Jonah 3:10-4:4 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? This is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”
Jonah knew the character of God was one of compassion, mercy, and unfailing love. But he was angry at God for displaying these attributes to his enemies - particularly his oppressors. He failed to recognize that he was entirely in need of the grace and mercy of God, just like the Ninevites were. Who are you quick to condemn and slow to offer forgiveness to? Lord, we confess that we often desire mercy for ourselves and condemnation for others.
Song: Brother by The Brilliance