June 5 | Jonah 4:6
“Now the Lord God appointed a plant and made it come up over Jonah to be shade for his head, to save him from his misery. So Jonah rejoiced because of the plant, greatly rejoicing.” (Jonah 4:6)
I’m not one to get angry very often, especially against God. Everybody gets angry in their own way. Some people have a long fuse and blow up all at once. Other people are angry all the time. And some people give you the silent treatment.
Jonah was angry at God for at least a day. His reason for being angry didn’t make much sense. When got saved the Ninevites from his wrath Jonah stormed out of the city, turned around and sat down, brooding over God’s grace.
His God, the God of Israel, relented from bringing his wrath against Jonah’s enemies. Wasn’t he supposed to be on Jonah’s side? People have different reasons for getting angry at God. But they come from a limited human perspective.
God could’ve become angry at Jonah and brought his wrath on him. Instead, God comforted him and provided a plan that brought him shade against the blistering sun. Only God can feed us with grace when we hurl our hostility at him.
God has broad shoulders and takes care of you even when you don’t realize it. His love for you extends beyond your limited understanding of his will. Some day you will look back and see his purposes though you can’t see them now.
Action Step: When you are angry at God, no matter how justified you feel, God will not abandon you. He brings his comfort even when he has the target of your anger. Thank God for his understanding.
Jesus, thank you for always being there even when I am not a good friend to you. You understand me better than anyone. Show me your purpose in this trial and time in my life. I am glad you never leave or forsake me.