One of my favorite stories growing up was the story of Jonah. It may have been because of the Veggietales adaptation of it that I loved, or the story of a man being eaten by a fish and surviving I thought was cool.
Now that I’ve grown up and can understand that it is not just about a man being eaten by a fish and surviving, the story of Jonah is still one of my favorite stories and it’s because of God’s mercy.
“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time…” Jonah 3:1
Despite Jonah’s attempts to escape God, he was given a second chance. We worship a merciful God who is there for us no matter what we do.
However, this story makes me wonder.
What would I do?
When God calls on me, do I listen?
When God tries to work through me, do I let him?
It’s one thing to answer “yes” to these questions, but if God asked you to leave everything behind and serve him, if the time came, it may be difficult. We may want to run and hide or tell God to find someone else. We may struggle to accept that he’s using us to make the world a better place.
And even if we try to hide from it and run from it, God won’t be angry with us. He will be merciful. He will still love us. But he will also put us where we need to be to serve the world the best we can.
So, if God calls you will you have the faith to answer?
And when you call on others and they turn away from you, will you have the mercy to forgive them the way God forgave Jonah? Because even forgiving others and being merciful is one way God calls on us each day.
Colossians 3:13 “Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Amen