Genesis 12:1-3 NIV
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Written by: Matt Swartz
What should not be surprising to Jonah was that God would ask him to go to Nineveh and tell the people there that God loves them and they needed to repent. He would have been very familiar with these verses today from Genesis 12 that clearly state that God’s plan is that “all nations would be blessed through His people Israel.” Jonah doesn’t get to decide who deserves God’s love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. The Ninevites were Jonah’s enemies and he decided that God would never love them and so he ran. He was prejudice against the people of Nineveh and that’s what he used to justify his actions.
Before we get too critical of Jonah, we must each take a look at ourselves and see who we are prejudiced against. Maybe it’s a race of people. Maybe it’s a religious group. Maybe it’s someone that’s in a different socioeconomic status. We can come up with a million reasons why we will not reach out and share God’s love. Just like Jonah, we don’t get to decide who God loves and doesn’t love.
Thought of the day: Who have you struggled to love? Who in your life do you run away from? Who is God asking you right now to love? We all were enemies of God because of our sin, and He still chose to demonstrate His love for us by sending Jesus to die on the cross. If God could love His enemies, we should follow His example.
Prayer: Ask God to reveal any areas in your life where you struggle with loving someone. Pray for guidance in following His example.