Reflection taken from Jonah chapter 4
In this chapter we appreciate that there is a huge difference between the God kind of love and the conditional love we humans have. Jonah was so into nationalism that He forgot his true calling, the one assign by God to be a prophet – a means to reach out those who are still lost.
God ask Jonah, “Have you and right to be angry?” What God did with the vine and the scotching eastern wind is basically uncover Jonah’s selfish attitude and ambition. It also revealed his lack of concern for those who are perishing, wishing them to perish instead of reaching out to them. Now it is easy for us to point to Jonah and judge him, but what does this story reveal in our lives?
Anger will obfuscate Christ likeness in us and will regenerate the ‘old self’ back to life.
Self ambition and anger is not from God and what they do is they override holiness and take control over our control room. This is a very dangerous situation to be and can create real damage not only to our image but most of all to God’s kingdom, the one we profess to belong to.
If we truly believe that God is in control and all He does is for our own good and that of other, we really have to stand up against anger and reject its influence in our lives by surrendering it to the Lamb of God.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Anger can come on us suddenly but we can stop it from dwelling in our minds. The key is to surrender it to Jesus and ask God to change our attitude towards the issue that is triggering our reaction.
May the Lord bless you as you read the the 4th chapter from Jonah and may it changes us all more into the likeness of Christ which is our ultimate aim as people of God and will enable us to offer pure worship to the creator of the universe, the only One who can offer true love and compassion.