What Became of Jonah?

And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd?  And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.  Then said the LORD, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

Jonah 4:9-11

We have spent the last couple of weeks going through the book of Jonah and looking at his successes and failures.  Jonah will always be a great example of a Christian, who, with the help of the Lord, will win some great battles, and because of his own sinful flesh, fail time and time again.  In Jonah, we see a picture of ourselves.  We have all failed the Lord at one time or another.  And we have all cried out to the Lord for help and mercy at one time or another.  We have all obeyed the Lord and we have all disobeyed the Lord.  We have all found ourselves occasionally having the wrong attitude toward people that God loved and gave His Son for.  We have all been given second chances to get things right and we have all been a little self centered at times.  In short, we all have a little Jonah in us.

I have always found it interesting how the book of Jonah ends.  It ends with God trying to teach Jonah an important lesson.  But we never learn whether or not Jonah learned that lesson.  We don’t know if he got his attitude toward the people of Nineveh right or continued in his selfish bitterness.  We do not know what became of Jonah after Jonah 4:11.  The question is this: what will become of us?  Are we learning the lessons that He is trying to teach us?  Maybe that is why the “end of the story” is not given.  We can easily see ourselves in Jonah, but our own “end of the story” will depend on what we do with the lessons that the Lord is teaching us.  So I ask: what became of Jonah?  I don’t know.  A more important question: what will become of us?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    I enjoyed the journey (as always). May God continue to bless the work of your hands as you walk in HIs will. Looking forward to more of what He’s given you to share with us 🙂

    We may never know what Jonah learned from his mistakes but I’m thankful that I can learn from what God did in this case.

    Blessings much,
    ann

    Reply

    • It was an interesting journey through the book of Jonah. There is a lot of stuff for us in those four short chapters. And it is true that we can learn from both our mistakes and the mistakes of others (in this case, Jonah).

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  2. What a wonderful insight for us to consider! Thank you soooo much! Praying that He makes me more and more teachable each and every day!
    God bless you, Ben, and all the places you take us with you into His word!

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