Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights. Jonah 1:17
Then the Lord appointed a plant, and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort. Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant. When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, it withered. As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, ‘It’s better for me to die than live.’ Jonah 4:6-8
Reading through Jonah the sovereignty of God is in every chapter. I think of Jonah and the whale and wonder why he ended up in the smelly belly of a whale…
…he was running from God not wanting to take the message of salvation to pagans.
The story of Jonah is that and so much more. He continued to complain that God would not deliver him from the heat God had appointed. He wanted to be delivered from his pain but did not want that same compassion extended to pagan Ninevites.
So the Lord said…Should I not care about the great city of Ninevah, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, as well as many animals? Jonah 4:10-11
Do you and I extend as much compassion to those who are outside our comfort zone as we want extended to us?