This week the SheReadsTruth challenge was to write about Jonah 3-4.
I was particularly struck by Jonah 3, so I’m going to focus on that chapter today.
So, when the word of the Lord comes to Jonah for the second time (when he’s looking a bit soggy and smelling of fish), Jonah goes to the giant metropolis of Nineveh to tell them what God plans to do to them because of their wickedness.
Rebecca’s devotional on Wednesday gave some graphic examples of the wickedness of the Ninevites. These were really bad people.
And yet, they hear God’s message through Jonah and they repent so comprehensively that even the cows are included!
This got me thinking… If these super-wicked people could respond so dramatically and be saved, what about the ordinary people of Bournemouth, or Brighton, or High Wycombe, or London?
I don’t like to admit it, but my reflex thought is, “Yeah, but that wouldn’t happen today! You’d never see that many people believe at once!”
Shame on me! WHY EVER NOT?
It’s not down to the power or ability of human beings. It’s not the eloquence of the speaker that counts (Jonah’s preach was only 8 words long!).
It’s all about God. He does it! The Holy Spirit moved so powerfully in Nineveh that no one could remain stone-hearted.
After all, once I was a Ninevite. OK, maybe I didn’t gouge out eyes or sacrifice children, but I was just as lost and doomed as they were.
There are plenty of modern-day Ninevehs. At the moment I’m using a Lent resource from Open Doors called “Live Like A North Korean”. It makes me realise just how free we are, and how much we take for granted our freedom to worship, or do anything for that matter!
If God can change the heart of the King of Nineveh, then God can do the same for Kim Jong-Un and the leaders of North Korea. O Lord, let it be so!
Please bring freedom to that place and build your church in that nation!
Heaven fall down!