Tag: Jonah

The Lord’s Gifts And Callings Are Irrevocable!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Jonah 1:2-3 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Romans 11:29 …for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.

Jonah the prophet ran from what he considered a difficult and abhorrent assignment from God, thinking he could escape to a place where he couldn’t be found. He refused to obey the Lord and he boarded a ship headed in the opposite direction. But YHVH’s irrevocable gifts and callings were faithfully resting upon His servant Jonah, and He provided the drama needed to bring his man around. He sent a great storm which rocked Jonah’s boat and then a large fish which ate him! These persuasions changed Jonah’s attitude.

Sometimes the Lord needs to put us in a difficult position so that we can be restored to Him and remain faithful to our calling. In Jonah’s case, the belly of a great fish prompted him to look up again to His Creator and begin renewing the broken communication. The reluctant prophet learned finally that he couldn’t run from his destiny or his calling, and that YHVH’s faithfulness could necessarily involve him in work that was not to his own liking.

Has God gifted and called you to something difficult and even onerous to you? If so, remember Jonah. He was the Lord’s prophet even when he didn’t want to be. You might as well rejoice in your calling even if your flesh is screaming “Nooooo!!!” You will be glad to have avoided God’s “gentle reminder” of who you are and you will save Him a lot of trouble going after you.

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten

Whose Gonna Be First!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Jonah 4:6-11 And the LORD God prepared a plant and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be shade for his head to deliver him from his misery. So Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But as morning dawned the next day God prepared a worm, and it damaged the plant that it withered. And it happened, when the sun arose, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah’s head, so that he grew faint. Then he wished death for himself, and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” And he said, “It is right for me to be angry, even to death!” But the LORD said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. “And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left–and much livestock?”

When Jonah left Nineveh and set up his shelter waiting to see what God would do, he was not expecting another object lesson. But he needed one. The Lord caused a plant to grow up under which Jonah could sit in the shade awaiting the “fireworks” he hoped would take place. Perhaps he was thinking, “Wow this is great – a cool plant for shade….the Lord is hearing me now!” But then God sent a worm which destroyed the very plant that He had given for Jonah’s comfort. And as the sun rose and the heat of the day bore down on him, Jonah found himself more miserable than ever.

What a roller coaster ride for a man who has already been through such extremes! Running away on a ship, thinking he can outsmart God, thrown into a stormy ocean, eaten by a fish, rescued from near death…one day he’s ecstatic thinking he’s out of God’s reach, next, he’s fish food…now, because of the plant God provided, thinking that maybe He is hearing him again, then, next day as the plant is destroyed wishing that he was dead! Now the Lord says to Jonah, “Why are you so concerned about the plant?” The Lord so wants Jonah to realize his selfishness. The plant gave Jonah shade. It made him feel better. How can he fail to understand God’s concern for an entire city?

What will it take for us to realize our selfishness? How many difficulties will God lovingly put us through to help us stop putting ourselves, our interests, our desires, our comfort…first??? How and when will we come to care even for our enemies…the way Yeshua (Jesus) did?

Your family in the Lord with much agape love

by George Whitten