His Mercy In Spite Of

October 28, 2010 Donna New

And he said to them, I am a Hebrew, and I [reverently] fear and worship the Lord, the God of heaven who made the sea and dry land. Jonah 1:9

He said he feared the Lord but the Lord had called Jonah to preach to the Ninevites, an evil people. He ran and boarded a ship going in the opposite direction. I run from the Lord when He calls me sometimes. A little fear or a little rebellion gets in the way and I’m gone. It’s sad because I miss out on a lot of Life like that.

Nineveh was preached to anyway because the Lord got Jonah’s attention. A large fish swallowed and kept him for 3 days and Jonah had time to rethink the running option.

There’s a lot more that’s interesting in this story…God’s love for an evil people, Jonah’s shame of God’s mercy, God’s patient moving in His stubborn prophet’s life. But the point I wanted to make is that revival can come in any land if we do what God calls us to do. To me it’s easy right now…to pray for my family, friends and country. But do I do it? Sporadically at best.

Our country needs revival. We haven’t reached the fullness of evil that Sodom and Gomorrah had. But we’re heading in that direction. So we could use some people to pray and those who are called to preach to tell people that the Lord will have mercy if they turn to Him. We don’t preach or pray in judgment on them. We preach and pray God’s mercy for them. We’re sinners and our only rescue was his grace. So any praying we do or preaching we do should be done humbly.

The Ninevites came to the Lord. They fasted and prayed for Him to relent from their destruction. And our loving, tenderhearted Lord relented. What a sight and a sweet aroma to the Lord if our country was to fast and pray for the Lord to have mercy on us. I want to be here!

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