Text: Jonah 4:1-11
We like to laugh at Jonah – he’s such a child.
Even if we don’t have children, we can see our own 5-year-old-selves in his angry outbursts.
God, I told you this would happen!!!
He stomps off, angrily assembles a feeble pout palace, and when his unconditionally loving Father gathers a shade plant around him to help him cool off, Jonah can’t help but crack a smile of thanks.
This passage – these final verses of the book and story of Jonah – has such a classic parent/child dynamic.
Maybe you can think back to when you were five or fifteen and your world was very you-centric. (Heh. Because that’s super behind us now, right?)
Over and over, the Lord grants mercy and provisions to His undeserving child – and Jonah is exceedingly glad! Yay for Jonah!
Over and over, the Lord grants the same mercy to His other (also undeserving) children. And Jonah is so ragey, he could die. He literally asks the Lord to take his life.
Jonah is furious that God let the plant wither, and the irony that God just saved a great city of PEOPLE from destruction is completely lost on him.
Friends, I think this is where we leave the narrative to begin reflecting on the message. We’ve read – really examined – Jonah’s story, and we’ve seen how sovereign and powerfully merciful our God is.
Let’s now ask the Lord to examine our hearts, to show us where we are prideful, where we are angry, where we are running away…
Lord, where have we been children, pouting when things don’t turn out the way we think they should? When have we not trusted you in your sovereignty thinking our ways are much better? And where have you been our steady, unconditionally loving Father?