Scripture: Jonah 4:4-11
In last week’s surprising and shocking message in Jonah chapter four, Jonah called out to God in prayer and in burning anger complained and scolded God for his patience and compassion. Today God patiently brings Jonah one more opportunity to see mercy and grace on display in his life. This book ends with an unexpected cliffhanger conclusion: will Jonah pass the final test?
Compassion in action
1 John 4:8
God is complex and multi-faceted
Like Jonah’s questions about God, the story leaves us with a cliff hanger. Where’s verse 12 to tell us how Jonah responds to God’s again patient questions for Jonah. How does Jonah answer? Does he remain stubborn and uncaring or does he finally recognize just how amazing God is? What happens next?
The book ends without Jonah’s answer. How will he respond to God’s grace? And then in a way – poses the question to us, the readers. “How will you answer the question?” Should I have compassion and show love to the lost? Should I care about millions of people around the world, or across the street who are spiritually blind and suffering with the weight of their sin? If I do care, what should I do about it?
People need to see and experience the Father’s character through us. Show them patience, compassion, generosity, and love – we bring glory to God and show them what our heavenly Father is like.