“The Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?’” Jonah 4:4
In a surprise turn of events, we find out in Jonah 4 that rather than celebrating the repentance and salvation of the city of Nineveh, Jonah was displeased and angry. The reason for his anger was God not only did something he didn’t understand, but also something he didn’t like. God forgave and saved the wicked city of Nineveh, the enemy of Israel.
Either Jonah had an extreme mood shift, or he never believed the message he shared would work in the first place. Whatever the reason, his own self righteousness put him in a prison of anger. He couldn’t wrap his mind around the fact that God could forgive a group of people he considered so unworthy of forgiveness. In order to set Jonah free from this prison of anger, God simply asked him, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Through this question it becomes clear the only reason Jonah was angry was because he wasn’t remembering the mercy God extended to him. Somehow he came to the conclusion that he deserved God’s love while the Ninevites did not. If we are angry today it would greatly benefit us to ask the Lord, “Is it right for me to be angry?” If we do this genuinely, He will most likely reveal how unworthy we all are of His salvation, but because of His great love, He will have compassion on anyone who comes to Him.
This has been and will always be God’s heart. We see it in the story of Jonah in the Old Testament and we hear it from the mouth of Jesus in the New Testament. “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life” (John 6:40).
Join us Sunday as we conclude the book of Jonah with a message titled “God’s Compassionate Sovereignty”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!