Jonah 4:5 (AMP)
…Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city, and he made a booth there for himself. He sat there under it in the shade till he might see what would become of the city.
After delivering the Lord’s message, Jonah was waiting for the destruction of the Ninevites. Knowing all that God is merciful for, he still waited to see what would happen to them. His anger was such at an altered state that he wasn’t thinking straight at all.
We have to be careful not to get so angry at a situation that it alters our common sense. When we do something crazy is usually because we have played it over in our minds that we have been done wrong and we want everything in our power to get justification from the other person’s actions. We walk angry, talk angry, and look angry.
Jonah had no sympathy or empathy for the Ninevites; he preferred they be destroyed completely.
Do we ever think about someone that you may say, “He or she is a waste of life!” The person does everything wrong. We wonder, “What can God do with them?” You may not admit it, but I can bet you that one time in your life you’vie thought or seen someone and ask yourself, “Why are you here? How can God use you?”
We need to remember the stories of so many we hear about who were in the dumps and had nothing to live for. Miraculously, the Lord has turned their life around and they serve Him with such fire and passion. We just never know how the Lord will use an individual. At times, He will use us to be their watchman!
God did’t get upset with Jonah. He looks at His creation and thinks of a way to comfort him from his anger. As in the beginning in Genesis, God spoke the Word, “Let there…” and there was sunlight, firmament, etc. He again, prepares something good for Jonah’s pleasure.
What caused a deep anger in Jonah towards these people? As mentioned last week, the Ninevites were Assyrians; who were enemies to the Israelites. They were many times in battle and were conquered by them.
Additionally, if we fast forward in history, we will see the Northern Kingdom, Israel, fell into Assyrian captivity. This is the same nation that God sent His prophet, Jonah, to warn and they repented. That’s a hard pill for us to swallow knowing the Lord sent a prophet to the enemy that eventually put them in bondage. But instead of hating them, we have to be like Jesus.
Jesus had his own enemy eat at his table and said, “Surely I say to you, one of you will betray Me, [one] who is eating [here] with Me” (Mark 14:18, AMP)
Jesus doesn’t argue with Judas. He lets him know that He knows what Judas is up to, and just lets the process take its course.
Matthew 6:22 (AMP)
The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is sound, your entire body will be full of light.
We have to be the same way in life to allow our destiny take it’s course. We may not like how God is working it all out but at the end of the day, He’s using us as His vessel because we are the best instrument to be used at that moment. Jesus was the only one that could fulfill His destiny. There was no one else that could take His place. Jonah was the only one that could deliver that message, and we are the only ones that can do what God wants us to do.
Yes, there will be times that we have to sit at the same table with our enemies, deliver a message of deliverance to our enemies, even serve our enemies. But if God has allowed us to be in that position, we have to obey it. Yes, tough pill to swallow!!
I have eaten at the same table with my enemy without even knowing it. Served, ministered to, uplifted, and even provided materials to enhance them; later, to find out that I was being torn down with their words. I was directed by the Lord to keep quiet, forgive, and move on; didn’t even have the opportunity to say a word as Jesus did! In order for the Lord to use me for the next assignment, I had to forgive quickly and move on. It took longer than anticipated but once it happened, I saw God’s hand move in a mighty way.
When you are faced with a situation like this, look beyond the person and pay attention whose behind it; satan.
Revelation 3:3 (AMP)
So call to mind the lessons you received and heard; continually lay them to heart and obey them, and repent. In case you will not rouse yourselves and keep awake and watch, I will come upon you like a thief, and you will not know or suspect at what hour I will come.