“The God of the Second Chance”
Jonah, Chapter 3
“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time” (Jonah 3:1). God could easily have given up on Jonah but He didn’t. And in the same way,
God never gives up on us. Praise the Lord!
The Bible says the Lord is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) God could have chosen someone else who was more willing but He wanted Jonah to fulfill the purpose that He had designed for him. God told Jonah, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” This is exactly what God told Jonah to do the first time before Jonah ran away from the Lord. God’s plan for your life never changes- it can only get altered or delayed by our disobedience. Without knowing the Lord, you will never know the full purpose of your life. But in knowing the Lord, His will should be the supreme focus of our life. As Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) So Jonah obeyed the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Jonah may have been concerned about the message. How would he be received? Would the people of Nineveh accept the message or reject it? Would they be hostile to him and persecute him? But Jonah needed only to concern himself with proclaiming the Lord’s message and leaving the results to God. Many of us deal with the same concerns that Jonah feared. We shouldn’t worry about what other people will say and whether they accept the message or reject it. Jesus said, “He who listens to you listens to Me; he who rejects you rejects Me; but he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16) When God sends us on His errand, we should not fear personal rejection- that is the enemy trying to silence the Holy Spirit. We are on God’s errand, just as Jonah was. And the results, if we are obedient, will be amazing.