The account of Jonah gives us an example of a blatantly disobedient servant to God. He was asked to go and preach repentance to Nineveh, the Assyrian capital, but he did not want to. He eveidently wanted he city destroyed and punished for the sins of the people. As far as Jonah wasn’t concerned, the sin of the people was so grievous that they deserved God’s wrath and utter destruction. Such people are not entitled to receive any mercy or forgiveness. How often do you think like Jonah and wish that certain persons would face God’s severe punishments
Our passage shows how God helped Jonah to see that he is a compassionate God. A God who does not delight in the death of the wicked and sinful but desires that they too would come to a true knowledge of Him. Read Jonah 3:10(see also 2 Peter 3:9).
Disobedience to God’s command is a sin. King Saul’s disobedience caused him to lose his kingdom. Name some other Bible characters who suffered the consequences of their disobedience. Do not follow their bad example. There are very clear commands in the Bible for us to evangelize. Let us as faithful servants of God, obey God and Be his witnesses to a needy world.
Action: Reflect on areas and times in which you have disobeyed God’s command to witness and repent. Make a commitment to obey the commands of the Lord and to evangelize at every opportunity.