Dear Friend of Vision
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying…Arise and go to Nineveh. (Jonah 3:1-2a)
Thank God we serve the God of a second (and third, and fourth, etc.) chance! It is a bit easy to criticize Jonah for taking off in the wrong direction, but Nineveh was no easy place to go and minister, the Assyrians were hated (perhaps some racial issues for Jonah) and a prophet has a reputation to maintain. Anyway, God loves us, his mercies are new every morning, and he is grace and truth…and he is God, we are his children, and he wants us, for our benefit, to do well, grow up, make a difference, which requires obedience; easier said than done. Or perhaps Jonah had, as I have at times, trouble trusting the Lord to be with him in the battle of life. In either case, thank God he gives us many opportunities to get it right, bring us back to the place where we stepped out of God’s will, and provides another chance for his glory and our benefit.