December 14

Jonah 1:1-4-11; Revelation 5:1-14; Psalm 133:1-3; Proverbs 29:26-27

God’s forgiveness is not logical and it is not exclusive! He will respond to anyone who calls out for forgiveness.. This may not make sense to us because we like to categorize some “sins” as worse than others. And, usually the worse sins belong to others and not us!

God sent Jonah to tell Nineveh about His impending judgment. Jonah took issue with this assignment and ran in the other direction. While on a ship headed away from Nineveh, the ship is caught in a storm.

When Jonah finally gets to Nineveh, God says that He wants Jonah to not only talk about the judgment but also about God’s forgiveness. Jonah takes issue with God’s kindness to Nineveh. Jonah thinks that God is being unfair to forgive them. God teaches Jonah that the people of Nineveh are His and He cares for them. In fact, God cares for all people. Let’s not be too quick to judge people but let’s freely point everyone to God’s grace and love so that they can enjoy a real relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Micah 1:1-4:13; Revelation 6:1-17; Psalm 134:1-3; Proverbs 30:1-4