October 9, 2017
Read: Jonah 3-4
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Scripture- Jonah 3:10- When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
Observations- What Jonah most feared had come to pass. The king and the people of Nineveh responded quite favorably to one of the shortest, worst, and most poorly delivered prophetic messages in Israelite history. Jonah didn't want God's mercy, grace, and love to be offered to the people of Nineveh, who had previously been beyond brutal and cruel to the Jews, but their sorrow and repentance rivaled anything seen in Israel.
Application- When is the right time to celebrate God's faithfulness, goodness, and abundant, over-the-top grace in our lives? One good and proper answer would be "Always and all ways!" The father in Jesus' parable of Prodigal Son and the Other Brother concludes with this line: "It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found." (Luke 15:32) How will you celebrate the undeserved forgiveness and grace of God in your (and others!) life today?
Prayer- Dear God, thank You for offering mercy, grace, and love in such abounding ways! Help me never take this for granted in my own life, lead me to share it freely and indiscriminately with all people, and remind me to celebrate such a wonderful gift with anyone who wants it in the strong and awesome name of Jesus. Amen.
"Rise up, O Lord, in all your power. With music and singing we celebrate your mighty acts." (Psalm 21:13),