“The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time…” Chapter 3 of Jonah moves rapidly: Jonah proclaims, Nineveh believes, the king hears, the king acts, the king proclaims, God changes his mind, Jonah becomes angry. Around 250 words convey all this. Moving quickly through this part, may point to a more importance in a different part of the story. How does chapter 3 set up for chapter 4 in Jonah? Do I ever miss the main thing God is doing in my life focused on minor details? Give us grace to hear your main point O Lord.
“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah…saying…” Commentaries on Jonah clearly emphasize Jonah’s disobedience to God’s command in this first verse. Before we are quick to reprimand Jonah however, perhaps we ought to notice this book starts with a man who is listening, who actually hears God’s voice. Our day and age is not one that encourages listening much to anyone, let alone God. Are you listening for God’s voice? Are there other voices that guide your life? How can you move away from distractions so you can hear God’s voice? Give us grace to hear O Lord!