Jonah said he didn’t want to go to Ninevah because he knew that God was “a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are too eager to turn back from destroying people” (4:2 NLT). How true!
In today’s verse we read the phrase “my judgment.” We need to remember that it is God’s judgment, not our own. God is forgiving and God does not want to lose any of his children. We read in 4:11 that “Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness” (NLT). That is a lot of people. I bet you also know some people living in spiritual darkness.
Remember today that God does not want to lose any of his children. He relentlessly pursues each one of them. Rather than concerning yourselves with judgment, perhaps we should forgive and do our part to add some light into this darkness. I don’t have a number for you of those living in spiritual darkness, but I think it’s fair to say it’s over 120,000 people. God is merciful and compassionate. He wants each one to come home.
“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” – Jonah 1:2
“All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” – 2 Samuel 14:14 [NLT]
This verse is found in the middle of a passage which refers to Joab sending a woman from Tekoa to David to get him to allow his son Absalom to return to Jerusalem. The woman may have been deceptive following Joab’s plan; however, there is truth to this verse. God doesn’t “sweep life away.” He is relentless in trying to bring us back to Him.
You may be asking yourself if you fall on the list. Does God care so much about me, that he has devised a way to bring me back to Him? Yes. He loves you that much. No matter what you have done. No matter where you are at in life. God desires to be in a relationship with you. He loves you. Chances are, if you are not seeing the relentless pursuit, if you are not feeling His love, you’re not looking in the right direction. His hand is always reaching out. He created you to be in a relationship with Him. The hand is always reaching out, always trying to bring you back.