Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Suffering (Part 41)
Hard Assignments: Jonah
Now the Word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 'Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.' But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the Presence of the Lord.

Jonah 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Jonah hated the job the Lord gave him. The Ninevites were pagan aggressors, and they'd harmed the people of Israel. Even more, they were idol worshippers. How could they possibly deserve mercy? Why would the Lord send Jonah to help them?

'For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My Ways higher than your ways
And My Thoughts than your thoughts' (Isaiah 55:9).

'This is good and acceptable in the Sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

'You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father Who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?' (Matthew 5:43-45).

'God demonstrates His Own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us' (Romans 5:8).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Like Jonah, God gave you a hard job: to enter an ungodly culture with an updated message of hope. Unlike Jonah, you go forth in love, as His ambassadors with Good News. Because Jesus has changed everything. Still, the assignment isn't easy, but hard jobs set up the best endings.

To Be Continued...

* Short article, What should we learn from the life of Jonah?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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