'Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce My judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.' But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord.
One of the Bible's most famous stories centers around Jonah and a great fish. In it, God gives Jonah a job he hates, so Jonah jumps on a ship and tries to flee... which seems short-sighted. Who can flee from God?
Jonah's job concerned saving Nineveh, an evil empire's capitol city. The Ninevites were heartless enemies. Perhaps Jonah thought: 'Nineveh doesn't deserve to be saved... If I speak up, they won't listen to me... Most likely, I'll be killed in the process...'
But they did listen and he wasn't killed. They repented, and everyone was saved.
This story's theme is relevant today. How?
1) Some believers have shunned entertainment, avoiding it and hating the culture.
2) But God has commissioned talented reps to go there and bring some very Good News.
3) If we jump ship and head another way, we may get stuck in a place deep and dark.
4) The Lord desires all people to be saved. Our Father's desires must become our own.
P.S. Jonah did fulfill his calling, but he remained unhappy about it. I choose to believe God straightened him out.
To Be Continued...
* In the New Testament, Jesus changed the terms of engagement with our enemies. Because He did not condemn them, we do not condemn them. Because He loved them, we love them. We trust God in opening the right ears to hear His Good News.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.