Commissioned to call was Jonah’s omission no longer.
His watery deep darkness became light.
Three unforgettable days as the history’s first submariner had left him as discarded refuse from a fish’s belly on a Mediterranean shoreline.
Now on dry land and with a responsive heart, Jonah heard from God again. Jonah knew Nineveh was to be his goal because it was God’s goal.
Total impotence in life’s storms had led Jonah now to total obedience when life was calm.
God’s love had held onto this rebel, repaired their relationship and then released Jonah to his call again.
The sinner, the sinker and even the spewed had finally become the speaker.
God will always act out of love even when He acts out of judgement.
Jonah preached with an exceptional success to Nineveh. He received an ancient acclamation still unrivalled today – all are converted from sin. The king left his throne and all the people followed.
When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. (Jonah 3:6)
The king was much smarter than Jonah. He knew that when God called, it was time to get off his throne.
Jonah had to be pushed off his throne with literally an Almighty shove.
Jonah had to be thrown down from his throne before he would get down. The King of Nineveh only had to hear the truth!
God always has a higher and better purpose for me than I do! I find it when I too would rise from my throne!
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