Today’s Verse, Jonah 4:9
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” “Yes, it’s right!” he replied. “I’m angry enough to die!”
Reflections on Today’s Verse
Today, we will see that God may correct and chasten us by or through what he reveals. You see, Jonah had to know the truth about himself again. God shows forth the true heart of Jonah.
Jonah was angry about God’s mercy to the Ninevites. Go re-read 4:1 again! But then God adds to his question: “Do you have any right to be angry?”. This is something new! Jonah had been really happy when the plant and wind came along. But now God shows why he is truly angry.
It is interesting that Jonah response is completely opposite of Job. “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away – blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Jonah, however, admits he is angry, but sees it as a righteous anger. Again, the Lord knew what Jonah needed—and sometimes, the Lord needs to do the same for us before we do something drastic.
If there’s something you want, but don’t have, it’s not because God is mad at you. It is because God knows it’s not best for you. Are you trusting him in this area of your life today?
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Father, remind us today that contentment isn’t passivity; it’s peace and joy fueled by the active conviction that you, Lord, know best. You are still good even when you don’t do what I want you to. Lord, we also pray for those today who are thinking of taking their lives. Point them by your Spirit back to the love you have shown us in Christ. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.