Chapter-a-Day Jonah 4

The consequences of anger. Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God, "God! I knew it—when I was back home, I knew this was going to happen! That's why I ran off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness! Jonah 4:1-2 (MSG)

As I read the chapter this morning, I am mindful of a person who has been nothing short of awful towards me. This person has been insulting, derisive, slanderous and malicious. What's worse, I've tried very hard to be patient, professional and kind in return. My attempts have been constantly rebuffed.

My heart is torn. While I try very hard to give up my sense of righteous anger and vengence, the truth is that I would love to see this person fall flat on their face and get what's coming to them. I want this person to pay for the mean things they've said and done.

Nevertheless, when I pray for this person (and I do), I pray for God's blessing on them. Don't get me wrong, I start by giving God an earful about how sick and tired I am of being the object of this person's scorn. Then, I pray that God would bless the one who curses me. I'll admit, some days it's hard getting the words off my lips. But, I don't want to find myself in Jonah's sandals, refusing to accept anything short of my own sense of human justice. I'm afraid that giving in to my own unbridled anger will only hurt my own soul.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Jonah 4”

  1. 9Then God said to Jonah, “What right do you have to get angry about this shade tree?”
    I’m guilty of getting impatient and angry about things I have no right to be upset about. When my job is crappy, do I appreciate that I have a job? When my kids annoy me, do I appreciate that I have two healthy kids? I love how this chapter shows that God wants us to keep things in perspective. We have been blessed with many wonderful things. I want to be a cup half-full person and see the good in everything. My wife is incredible at this and that’s why I love her.

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