God Said To Jonah Analysis

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“My son do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke” and Proverbs 15:12 says “A mocker resents correction and he will to consult the wise.”

So what’s the lesson of the weed, the worm, and the wind? When your pleasure is more precious that God’s mission you better watch out for the worm. When your pleasure is more important than what God wants to do with you, watch out for the wind.

Resentment warps your values.

“God said to Jonah, ‘Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?’ And Jonah looks at him and said, ‘I have good reason to be angry! Even to death!’ The Lord said to him: ‘I can’t believe this Jonah! You have compassion for the plant for which you did not work and for which you did not cause to grow, which came up over night and perished overnight. And you can’t understand why I shouldn’t
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Do you have the right to walk around because somebody hurt you, and carry your hurt and your pain and feel like everybody treats you wrong and just forget about the other people around you that hurt and the others around you that need love?

God does for Jonah what he’s doing for every one of us, and that is He invites us to look at His world through His eyes. God wanted Jonah to understand that Nineveh was a great city that He cared deeply about. He invites us to look in the light of His character and with His purposes in mind. God says Why don’t you look at that friend the way I see them? Why don’t you look at that issue the way I see it? He said these people don’t have a clue what to do and you’re going to judge them.

I’m going to say it again: All the years I’ve been counseling I cannot recall on one hand the number of people who actually did something just to hurt somebody else. Almost all of my counsel deals with those people who did something and by default it hurt somebody else. But the minute they begin to blame them and to take it personally they built up
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