An Unforgetable Lesson in Mercy (Jonah 4:1-11)Pastor Billy Newhouse, May 13, 2012
Part of the Oceans of Mercy series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Friends, have you ever wondered what God is doing in your life? Have you ever wondered why the cool shade of the plant has been replaced by a scorching east wind? Have you ever wondered why God’s plan for your life is different than your plan? God has been teaching Jonah about Himself throughout this whole book and even though Jonah is a slow learner God continues to patiently pursue him. Jonah has an understanding of God that is small and inaccurate. Jonah cares about God’s glory – he is just off in his limited understanding. God’s compassion extends well beyond the Israelites and God is teaching Jonah that he is the God of all who believe in him and call upon his name. God has a great compassion not just for the Israelites, but for the lost people all over the world. Friends, can you relate to Jonah? Is your vision of God perhaps smaller than it should be? Do you find yourself loving temporary things more than people created in God’s own image? Ponder on these realities and rejoice that One greater than Jonah has come.
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