This post is Day 23 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 23

Jonah 4:3

Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.

The Thought

Jonah was in a very real sulk, and behaving like a spoilt child! Things hadn’t gone the way he wanted. So he thought it would be better to be dead! How extreme is that? He felt a complete failure because what he prophesied didn’t happen, at least that was his limited view of things. He was thinking that his reputation as a prophet was ruined forever!

How sad it is that Jonah did not feel able to rejoice at the fact that thousands of people had turned to the Lord who loved them and forgave all who turn to Him. Nineveh was not a small city (Jonah 3:3-4) (Day 17), and the conversions would have far reaching effect.

What a great testimony it could have been, and a good beginning and encouragement for the next message this prophet would be sent to give. “God sent me to Nineveh, to tell them He knew what they were up to, they repented and the whole city got saved, what an amazing God I serve, and you can serve Him too…”

Jonah’s focus was on himself, not on the Lord or on His good works, where is your focus today?

Action

Pray for the Lord to be the centre of all your thinking today.

Praise Him that He didn’t listen to Jonah’s sulking or his prayer that he should die. Praise God that in His wisdom He sometime says “no” to the prayers we pray.

Think today of difficulties you have asked God to take from you, but in retrospect you are glad He didn’t answer that prayer, because things turned out better in the end.

Read about the raising of Lazarus (John 11) and rejoice that Jesus didn’t go when they first called for Him.


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