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Jonah’s Anger at the Lord’s Compassion 4 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. 3 Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Friday - August 20
Jonah knew God. He knew that God loves and that God loves to show mercy. But Jonah had no desire for THOSE people to receive mercy. THOSE people were his enemies. They were the enemies of his people in Israel. That is why Jonah ran away in the first place! What he knew would happen actually happened because he knew who God was and how God worked. Is there someone in your life that you want to “get what they deserve? Someone that you wish would lose or be “brought down a peg?” How does it make you feel that God wants you to share the Gospel with them instead? Does it make you mad that God has forgiven them in Christ and wants you to tell them? Would you rather personally suffer than allow them to have peace?