Monday // Read
Jonah 3:1-5,10 (MSG)
Maybe God Will Change His Mind
3 1-2 Next, God spoke to Jonah a second time: “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of
Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.” Nineveh
3 This time Jonah started off straight for
orders to the letter. Nineveh
4 Jonah entered the city, went one day’s walk and preached, “In forty days
will be smashed.” Nineveh
5 The people of
listened, and trusted God. They proclaimed a citywide fast and dressed in
burlap to show their repentance. Everyone did it—rich and poor, famous and
obscure, leaders and followers. Nineveh
10 God saw what they had done, that they had turned away from their evil lives. He did change his mind about them. What he said he would do to them he didn’t do.
The thing about this passage that strikes me is how the people of
just changed. They listened and they trusted God; that was it. It didn’t matter
who lived there, everyone repented and gave their lives over to God. We look at
that and wonder: that’s it? Jonah went (eventually) and all he did was tell
them of who God is? No light show, no mega million dollar building, no programs,
no temperamental sound boardsJ just
listening to where to go and who to go to. It can’t be that easy, can it? To
that I think God says, “Why can’t it be?” Nineveh
Now we can focus on the mind of God and how He changes it from time to time but whew, let’s save that for another time. For now, let’s focus on how simple this was for Jonah to do once he went and obeyed what God had asked of him. We can be like Jonah at times and disobey God or conveniently not listen to Him. The task usually seems huge but in the end turns out easier than the way we would have done it and in the end the people listen and transformation happens. Only God’s plan can do that. Sure, what God calls us to is terrifying at times; it pushes us outside of our comfort zone but once we go through with it (often begrudgingly) we find that God did most of the work.
God had a specific place, with a specific group of people, to send His message to. He also had a specific person to deliver that message. I mean God could have easily said, “Well, there goes Jonah in the opposite direction, guess I’ll have to find someone else to send to
.” No He chased him down. He had it
all mapped out- a certain people and place with a specific person to go to them
and tell them. Nineveh
So, the question is not what should we do next but how can we go to God, who has the next thing ready to go, trying to get our attention so we can step on board!
Wednesday // Challenge
Are there plans or things that you need to let go of?
How do you practice putting your trust in God?
Thursday // Reflect
In this moment, I let go of all thoughts and concerns.
When I let go, I am able to receive.
When my hands are formed into tight fists, I cannot open my hands to receive anything.
When I hang onto tight control,
When I close off my heart and my spirit,
I cannot receive your blessings for me.
I let go to receive your blessings.
Letting go in this moment, I receive your loving presence around me and within me.
Help me to let go when I am feeling overwhelmed, so that I may receive your peace.
Help me to let go when I feel fear so that in fear’s place I may receive love and courage.
I let go of problems and challenges in order to receive your guidance and clarity.
I let go and trust you.
I will not fall.
You will catch me.
I let go and trust in the still, small voice inside of me.
Help me not to struggle but to surrender my struggle to you.
I gladly receive this gift of letting go and letting you lead me and guide me.