Thursday, July 8, 2010

The God of Second Chances...


Because I am reading through the Bible in a year, the entire book of Jonah is allotted for today. We could spend a week in the book of Jonah, but we only have today.

What jumped out at me?

The very beginning of the book. God spoke to Jonah. No ambivalence as to whether it was really God speaking, and no lack of clarity about the message.

Jonah 1
1 "The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish."

We know the story. Jonah flees from God. The storm, the fish, the near death experience.

Now time has passed. Jonah is back home. It is as though nothing had happened, except he is older.

Jonah 3
1 "Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”

3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.[d] 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!”

God gives Jonah a second chance. A second calling. It was the same calling. Just done again - a second time.

Were there no other prophets in Israel?

Did God NEED Jonah to fulfill God's purposes in Nineveh? - No, I don't think so. I think God just gave Jonah a second chance.

Did you ever mess up? Disobey? Not fulfill God's calling on your life?

Thank God for second chances...

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