When you think of the book Jonah, think about the prophet Jonah being carried to Nineveh inside the great fish.
The book starts with God calling Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach. God sent Jonah because the people of Nineveh were so wicked. It is interesting that God always gives people a chance to do right. Jonah did not want to preach in Nineveh. That was the capital city of Assyria. Other Old Testament prophets knew that Assyria would destroy Israel and do cruel things to the Jews. Jonah did not want to go to Assyria, to preach there, or to help the people. God prepared a great storm and a great fish to move Jonah to Nineveh. When Jonah finally did preach there, the people repented of their sins. God did not destroy them as He had told Jonah to say. Jonah was upset. He said he knew God was merciful and that God would forgive the people in Nineveh (4:2). Jonah saw wonderful results from his preaching ministry, but he was angry when God spared the city. Jonah is a poor example of an obedient preacher. We may, however, be a little more understanding with him when we realize how the people of Nineveh (Assyrians) brutalized Israel some years later.
opportunity (noun) A good time or season to do something
“Opportunity” in Jonah
Jonah was slow to accept the opportunity that God gave him. His own plans had to be set aside in order to obey. The people of Nineveh did accept their opportunity to repent.
What is God’s call for your life? There are certain things God wants done that only you can do. Do you know his will? Will you accept it? Find and do God’s will today!
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