Five More Lessons From The Life Of Jonah
Jonah 4:1 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.
Jonah 4:2-3 And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.
Jonah 4:4-11 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry? So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
3. Praise God He saved Ninevah. He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Lesson Learned: God is no respector of persons. He made us all. He has pity on us all. He knows we are pitiful lost sheep, wandering, who need a shepherd. I look forward to meeting Jonah one day and hearing “the rest of the story”.
4. The Story of Jonah ends abruptly. I wonder if Jonah went on in obedience to the Lord or if he continued sulking and going his own way. Lesson Learned: Do not sulk when things don’t go the way you think they should. Do not feel sorry for yourself. Instead, rejoice in God’s goodness and His works and continue to obey.
5. Maybe Jonah knew some Ninevites personally and this is why he became angry. He may have not liked the fact that God was blessing the one(s) who perhaps had wronged him or had lived a horrible lifestyle. Lesson Learned: Although someone may have hurt me through certain circumstances, I need to learn to forgive just as I have been forgiven and to rejoice when I see God’s blessings on them.
I am sure there are many other lessons that we can learn from Jonah. I am thankful for the few that God has pointed out to me in recent days. Below are the first three parts in lessons from Jonah.