June 4 | Jonah 4:1-3
“But it was surely a great evil to Jonah and his wrath was kindled. So he prayed to the Lord and said, “Is this not what I said when I was in my country? For this reason I anticipated it by fleeing to Tarshish, because I knew that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, and great in lovingkindness, even relenting from calamity. So now, O Lord, please take my life from me because it is better to die than to live. But the Lord said, “Is it good for you to be angry?”” (Jonah 4:1–3)
How many times do we seek the Lord for revival and long for him to move among us? And when we experience his presence in special ways there’s nothing like it. He changes our lives, saves the lost, heals the sick, and brings power for daily living in him.
Jonah is the most unhappy revival preacher in history. He preaches God’s judgment and the people turn to God. But because they are his enemies he is angry with God for relenting from his wrath.
That’s why he flees from God’s mission and goes the other way. Unlike the Ninevites who were unsure if their repentance would matter to God, Jonah knew about his grace and mercy, that he would relent.
He had so much hate and anger he tried to stop God’s will to save the Ninevites. When God uses you to minister to others it’s not up to you what happens. Just be faithful in bringing his message and ministry to them. Let God do the rest.
Action Step: God wants to use you to minister to others. He doesn’t have to. He chooses to use you. Follow the Spirit’s leading and let him do what he wills.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your grace and mercy poured out on me and others. Use me in powerful ways to minister to those who need your touch today. I am a willing vessel and like Isaiah I answer your call, “Here am I. Send me!”