‘Jonah’ is a new 9-week devotional series. Each week we’ll be studying a section of the book of Jonah and sharing some insights with you. We hope this series encourages you and helps you to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18).
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”
3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.”
We’ve all had days when we’ve let someone down. Whether it’s disappointing our boss or forgetting the request of a loved one, we know the stinging pain of failing to keep our promises. When someone lets us down we’re tempted not to trust them again, or at least to accept their apology only begrudgingly. Even though we doubtless have disappointed people many times, we have failed God infinitely more. But God in his boundless grace not only forgives us when we turn back to him, He uses us and allows us to serve him.
When Jonah repented the Lord used him, even when he had defied Him to the point of running away. God issues the same command, “Go to Ninevah and preach.” As a result, many people in the city, from the greatest to the least, turn back to God. What remarkable grace that allows people who continually fail to be part of God’s rescue plan for the world.
Lord, I thank you for your grace that even though I continue to stumble and fall, when I turn back you redeem and use me. Help me to remember that no one is ever beyond redemption, that your love abounds for all who sin, including me. Amen.