“Merciful and Compassionate God”

The interaction between God, the Assyrians, and the prophet Jonah demonstrates God’s mercy and compassion. It’s not difficult to understand Jonah’s hatred and reluctance to bring the salvation message to the Assyrians. However, God specifically told Jonah to go to Ninevah and preach against it because of its wickedness. (Jonah 1:2) Their reputation was to brutally torture and humiliate their enemies. When they heard the message from God and repented, God spared them. Jonah was disappointed that Ninevah was not destroyed. Listen to his complaining, “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.” (Jonah 4:2) God responded, “But Ninevah has more than 120,000 people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Shouldn’t I not be concerned about that great city?” (Jonah 4:11) We have difficult people in our lives that we need to share our faith with. Don’t run the other way. Let’s show them God’s love through our words and deeds.

~ Whitney Vellalos~





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