Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WHAT'S YOUR NAME?

Pondering today’s CHOOSE JOY devotion and BELOW Scripture, why is it so hard to get past hurts out of the way?

Jonah was shown to be grateful for his being saved by God out of the whale’s belly; however, he was NOT grateful for God forgiving an entire city of ‘God’s creation’.

He even stated it would be better for him to die than to live and see Nineveh forgiven.

This challenges ME to leave judgment to the Lord, be grateful for His hand and Spirit’s influence, and I AM TO BE ABOUT ‘instructing and nurturing those who don’t KNOW Him to KNOW Him.   Moving forward with others in instruction, or nurture, can't begin until we've become grateful for His forgiving them first.
 

MY NAME SHOULD BE JONAH
Quickly embracing personal hurt
Closing off concern, feelings
Choosing judgment over mercy
Highlighting self
 
Righteousness demands ‘praying for enemies’
Climbing up…sharing His Cross
His Glory shining...Seeking His heart
 
  Living love or dying self-absorbed?
A choice.
(by: Skoots1Mom)
 
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Jonah 4:3-4:5  God changed his mind about the calamity  he had said he would bring upon them (Nineveh); and he did not do it.  But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry.    He prayed saying, "O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own countryI knew  you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.  And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."
 

How does this Scripture speak to you today?

1 comment:

Sassy Granny ... said...

I never really got Jonah's whole attitude. I'm sure there's a lot of it IN ME, but for the life of me I would ask him: "What were you thinking, dude?!!"

I love it when the text comes alive and mirrors something vital to me. It's then that I feel like God is speaking personally, directly to me. Better that than taking my turn in some stinky whale's belly :)