Jonah hated the people of Nineveh and he did not want them saved from God’s wrath (Jonah 3:9-4:2).
The people of Nineveh were violent and evil (3:8) and Jonah knew they deserved God’s wrath and he wanted them to have it.
Jonah thought too much about himself and not enough about others and I see that there is too much of the same attitude in me.
I have not written anything for some time now. I wrote when I felt God wanted me to say something and I have not had that feeling lately. I understand why and it is because I have been acting like Jonah. My love has been becoming cold, just as Matthew 24:12 says.
I watch the news and I become angry, because most of those that lead the world lie. I think of myself and others that belong to God and anger for those leaders burns in my heart.
The vine that gave shade to Jonah and the worm that destroyed the vine was a lesson to Jonah that he was too interested in himself and was not considering others that were perishing.
God has gotten through to me and I see my sin. Instead of becoming angry with them, I should realize they cannot tell their right hand from their left and in the end, their lies only hurt themselves and those who believe it is right to lie.
I have nothing invested in those people, but God does. Those people can do nothing to me, but what God lets them do, and they have no spiritual power over me, but what I let them have. That is not to say that they have no worldly power, but what is that compared to eternity?
I am going to try to have compassion on those that lie to me, because they are on the broad road to destruction and I do not want that to happen to anyone. I am going to pray for my enemy, and they are my enemy, because God has made me understand, through Jonah, why I should.
Perhaps I can stop thinking so much about myself and think more about others that were also made in God’s image, but refuse to become like Him in action and deeds. Then maybe my love will not grow so cold.
It also helps me when I realized that it is all part of God’s plan. He is allowing the leaders of this world, along with drying up the Euphrates River, to prepare the way for the kings of the east.