Jonah 3:1-4 “A Change of Heart”
Jun 01 2020
“A Change of Heart”
In Jonah in chapter one God told Jonah, “Go to Nineveh”. Jonah did not like that plan so he decided to go the opposite direction. He took a boat of his choosing in the wrong direction, but God sent a fish heading in the right direction. In chapter 3:1-4 we see how the Lord treats Jonah after his repentance which causes me to realize that: CHANGE IS NEVER EASY! If you are anything like me, you probably want to try to avoid whatever you are facing because we don’t like change. That’s what Jonah thought he would do, just run from change. You know the bumper sticker that says, “Refuse to grow up!” That usually means that some area that you have gotten comfortable with is being stretched in a different way. Growth is never supposed to be comfortable. Since change is in inevitable, why not make the transition as smooth as possible? Why get thrown over-board, drown with seaweed wrapped around your head, get swallowed by a fish because you refused to change your heart only to in the end to repent so that God could change your heart? Folks, the story of change in our heart can be a short story or a novel depending upon our response! Notice verse 1: “Now the Word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time,..” God didn’t not refuse to speak to Jonah instead when he repents the “Word of the Lord comes..” Even if you have left and deserted God, He has never once left you nor will He ever desert you. God is a God of many chances which are NOT based on your own goodness but are based upon His character and nature! God is willing to work with us for He will only give us what he can handle. In verse 3 we are told what Jonah does with the Word of God, “arose and went”. This is what God wants from those who stumble and fall. “ARISE AND GET GOING”. All too often after we blow it we just sit there. Perhaps you have blown it, stop whining about your mistakes, REPENT, GET UP AND GET GOING! Jonah’s story reminds us that God is able to use our mistakes. I believe that Jonah’s message was received not just for the content but because they could see in Jonah the truth of what he taught that rebellion and sin doesn’t look too good, nor smell good and if you continue down that road it will eventually kill you!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!