God: is longsuffering; tender and kind hearted….
Jonah 4:2-3 “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live”.
We are humans and for the most part we have to have someone to blame when things don’t go how we want them to in our lives. When great favor is given to someone that we think in our opinions (which ought to be valued above all other opinions) should not be privy to such favor, we don’t look well upon the situation.
We might grit our teeth and smile, but there is a reservation to the approval, someone better ought to have received this largesse of bounty. We are humans, it’s in our DNA and how we are made up, very rare do we exercise the simplicity of living without that level of hang up within our views on life.
Much like our hero Jonah; it took much tribulation to heed the instructions which God gave him for the salvation of “sixscore thousand persons” were saved by his warning or preaching; yet he did it grudgingly because he didn’t think they deserved to be saved. They should all just die and be subject to the judgment of God. But we know that God’s way of doing things, His thoughts aren’t our thoughts; His ways aren’t our ways.
Thank God for that otherwise I would be dead by now: maybe you would be too as well.
Beloved, think on the many cases where you lost it; didn’t get it right the first time or the second time or the third time; yet God was faithful and is still being so to you, to us. Think on His faithfulness.