“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai, saying, ‘Go at once to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come before me.’ But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. … The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time saying, ‘Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.’ So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, ‘Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone great and small, put on sackcloth.” … the king of Nineveh … had a proclamation made … ‘All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is in their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish.’ When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.” Jonah 1:1-3a, 3:1-5, 8b-10
Judgment is coming, yet so is salvation! Praise God, glory hallelujah! My/your/our attitude is important here. Are we so focused on what we think God’s judgment on others is that we miss the salvation God offers? The salvation He offers me?! Am I, are you so concerned with the sins of others and wanting God to smite them that we forego entering into the grace that God offers. To not just be proud that we have, “fled from the wrath to come” but are experiencing God’s life changing, transformative grace. Can we say, do we say? I use to be like this….. then I met Jesus …. now I am like this! Do we celebrate when another is able to say the same? Are we praying for our enemies to be able to say the same? Do we accept the work the God does in others as we do ourselves? Do we expect that work? Do we cry out for God to act? Stand up where you are, look to heaven and scream – COME ON GOD! Yes, judgment is coming, YET SO IS SALVATION. Pray for all to say, “I have been saved, I am being saved and I’ll be saved some more.” God’s ultimate purpose, ultimate desire is to save not destroy. COME ON GOD!