When God Shows Up

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.  For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 

Jonah 3:4-6

When God moves in, things change.  People change.  The people of Nineveh surely changed when God came to them.  Jonah preached with the power of God, the people were convicted and they changed their ways.  Not only did they change their ways, they made a one hundred and eighty degree change.  Before God came, they were a savage, brutal, heathen people.  After God came, they repented in sackcloth and ashes.  Before God came, they were a proud people whose chief goal was to conquer other nations.  After God came, they humbled themselves before Him and cried out to Him.  What a difference the presence of the Lord made in the city of Nineveh!

His presence makes a difference in our lives, too.  II Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”  His presence has the power to change our lives.  His presence can a drunkard off of the street and make him a child of the King.  His presence can help us to have victory over the Devil and over our own sinful flesh.  His presence can and does mean everything.

Imagine how yielding to the presence of the Lord could change our lives, our churches, our communities and our countries.  Everything changes when the Lord comes.  What a wonderful thing that is!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    “Everything changes when the Lord comes. What a wonderful thing that is!”
    You cause me to think of that great and wonderful day when He will return to take His children home! What a glorious day that will be!!


    P.S. —————————–>>>>>

    The Heritage Singers – When Jesus Comes


  2. Thank you, Ben! I love this . . .just love it. 🙂 I’m rejoicing that everything changes . . .has to change . . .when He comes. I can be fooled into thinking that nothing is changing or a bad situation will never change. Not so! I’m keeping this one close to my heart! God bless you as you rejoice in the change that He brings when we submit to Him.

    p.s. thank you Ann for the grace prints (song!) you left here! 🙂


    • That is so true, and this truth is very encouraging! He will change things when He comes. He might change a situation to help us and He might change us to help a situation. But things are going to change just because of His presence!


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