Today at Belgrave South Baptist Church pastor Andrew Fisher shared a message on a four week series based on the book of Jonah, concentrating on chapter 4 of the book.
Jonah 4:4-6 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? That 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?”
When people hurt s it easy to hate them and want vengeance. Holding on tightly to resentment and bitterness can destroy our God-given character. Bitterness and resentment can cause s to blame others for or problems. Make it impossible to forgive someone who has hurt us.
Jonah hated the people of Nineveh because of their cruelty towards Israel. God gave him the mission to warn them of their planned destruction – His response was to run away. Then God caused a storm to get Jonah’s attention, reluctantly Jonah obeyed and warned the people of Nineveh. This cased them to change their ways and put off God’s plan for their destruction. – Jonah’s response: anger with God to the point He wanted to die.
Sometimes in our lives when god calls us to do something our first response is to runaway. Then sometimes, like He did to Jonah God creates a storm to get our attention. And, sometimes what God wants s to do is for people whom we hold resentment and bitterness against. In those times God uses whatever He is calling us to do to change our hearts
Recovery takes time, but through the process God calls us to be willing to use the circumstances into which He leads us to change our hearts.