30/30 Challenge: Day 20

3030 Challenge - Day 20

Maybe I just love the underdog, but of all the prophets in the Old Testament, who is my favorite?

Not Isaiah. Not Jeremiah. Not Ezekiel. Not Daniel. Even though they were all significant men used by God, the one I like the most is the noble Jonah. So I decided to do my #3030challenge on him.

You remember Jonah?  Got swallowed up by a big fish for running away from God. I’m sure you’ve heard several spins and messages tied to his story: “Don’t run from God,” “Do it God’s way,” “God can use anyone,” etc.

But why I love me some Jonah is because he’s such a deliciously awful prophet. I mean in the end, he got right and obeyed the Lord. It only took a storm and three days in the belly of a big fish to convince him.

I think God might’ve done a lot of *facepalming* with ol’ Jonah.

And the main reason he disobeyed to begin with is because of his own prejudices against people he didn’t like. There’s a reason why Jesus placed so much emphasis on loving one’s enemies. Everyone is a saint until they have to deal with people they don’t like.

I consider myself as a good person- but then who doesn’t think of themselves as a ‘good person’? Yet there was a time when it came to dealing with people I didn’t like, I became a very different person. Not a very good person. A Jonah-like person.

The type of person who would rather endure a storm and be swallowed by a fish than extend mercy on the person I didn’t like. And I knew it was wrong. Just like Jonah probably knew the moment he decided to set sail, he was doing the wrong thing.

When I was first getting back into the swing of my faith, one of my favorite verses was:

 “I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.” (Jonah 4:9)

That’s how I felt. I was so angry about so much. And even though I did study up on anger and forgiveness, Jonah 4:9 will always have a special place in my heart because next to Job 5:17, it was the first real connection I made with my Bible.

Studying the story of Jonah today, though, I see something new. Jonah was so angry at the Lord’s compassion on the people of Ninevah, he even admitted that he’d rather die than live to see his enemies shown mercy.

Oh, Jonah! Get over it. Stop being so dang dramatic! God loves all His creations and the world doesn’t revolve around you. Not to mention when you prayed to Him to get you out of the mess you caused, did He not show you compassion? Yet you don’t want Him to show anyone else that same kindness?!

Psh, what a self-absorbed, rebellious piece of work. The nerve of Jonah. To be angry at God for being what He is: Sovereign Lord who doesn’t obey the whims and pettiness of His creations.

And you know what else?

Of all the Old Testament prophets, Jonah would probably have the easiest time fitting in the world today.

*Rae

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7 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 20

  1. “And you know what else?

    Of all the Old Testament prophets, Jonah would probably have the easiest time fitting in the world today.”

    WOW!!! That hits home. Good lesson and reminder to us, Rae! Thanks and may God continue to use and bless you!!!

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  2. This is so true Rae. You’ve totally summarized the story of Jonah and added your own reaction to it which is amazing. Jonah’s story is a good study of who we really are when faced with situations that we dislike.

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  3. “And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”
    (Luke 18:19 ESV)

    And I believe that with all my heart! The adults of this world are much like children (who pretending to be cops, firemen, or super heros) the learnt like playing “good” but only God is truly good. For He is never changing unlike us and our conditional love. We want to build walls that God is trying to knock down. We are a self-righteous stiff-necked people who like to pick and choose what we think is good. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 16:25 The only way for us to truly be good is to die to our sinful self and live through the only good that is in us which is Christ Jesus our Lord.”I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 and also, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

    Let us all seek to become truly good, not through our own strength or wisdom but through the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless.

    You should check out the link below when you have time. It’s a really good read.

    http://goo.gl/TCvAif

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  4. Jonah is my favorite prophet, too. I can relate to his anger because we all want justice (even if it means vengeance). But God’s mercy, infinitely powerful, caresses even the hardest of hearts toward Him. Jonah shows a good example of prayer. Sometimes, people pray to God only when they’re happy. But we grow in relationship to God when we allow Him to see our anger, pain and sadness.

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