This post is the last in a series of studies about “Jonah”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Jonah – Day 30
An abrupt ending to the story leaves us with an unanswered question, and one which was probably there in the unrecorded discussion God and Jonah had at the beginning of this whole episode. God had been seriously concerned about the people and the animals in that great city of Nineveh.
But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many animals as well.”
An abrupt ending to the story leaves us with an unanswered question, and one which was probably there in the unrecorded discussion God and Jonah had at the beginning of this whole episode. God had been seriously concerned about the people and the animals in that great city of Nineveh. In the same way, and for the same reasons He is concerned about the people and the animals in the place where you live too. Are you?
Many Christians are involved with campaigns to save the planet, or save a certain species of plant or animal, but have no concern about the souls of people living around them who don’t know the Lord. Maybe it is time for some changes in what we pray and how we pray. Especially for the people who live near to us.
Pray for the people and animals living in your neighborhood today.
Read through the four short chapters of Jonah and appreciate the different moods of the prophet, compared with the consistency of Father God. Praise Him that He has compassion on ALL that He has made (Psalm 145:9).
Pray for the church to have a right perspective on world situations. Pray for the worldwide church to rise up and speak out about the love of God for all people.
Praise God for His patience, His love, and His compassion for everyone.
Praise Him for anything He has taught you during this study.
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