Still Working On Us

So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.  And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief.  So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.  But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered. 

Jonah 4:5-7

I have said this before, and I will say it again.  I am glad that God is God and we are not.  God is merciful and longsuffering; far more than any of us would be.  The Bible tells us in Psalm 103:8 that “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”  I am very thankful that He is merciful and slow to anger.  And I think that Jonah was, at some point, thankful for those things also.

The Lord was longsuffering and merciful when Jonah rebelled after being told to go to Nineveh.  Not only did God not destroy him, but restored him and decommissioned him.  The Lord was then again longsuffering with Jonah after Jonah became angry over God’s mercy on the Ninevites.  Again, God could have destroyed Jonah, but we find Him here again preparing a lesson for him.

How often has God needed to be longsuffering with us?  Long after we would have given up on someone, God is still working on them.  God is still bringing things into their lives and taking things out of their lives in an effort to teach them and bring them closer to Him.  He keeps working on us, which is fortunate because none of us are finished products.  We all have rough edges that need to be polished.  I am thankful that He is still working on me.  He could easily have given up on me long, long ago.  But I, like Jonah, am thankful for the lessons He teaches, though they may be tough to go through at the time.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    ” I, like Jonah, am thankful for the lessons He teaches, though they may be tough to go through at the time.”

    Each day is reason to be thankful that He never gave up on me.

    Blessings,
    ann

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  2. So thankful with you too, for His longsuffering. And it has me thinking about when I want to give up on someone, He doesn’t and hasn’t and I shouldn’t either!
    God bless you as you keep our eyes open and on Him!

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