Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control

But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”
Jonah 4:9-11

A quick background story: God had sent Jonah on sort of a ‘special op’ – into dangerous territory, to deliver a not-so-friendly message. And because Jonah knew how God often operated, he was banking on watching Nineveh burn because he was sure the people there would not change their ways. But when Jonah’s message of doom reached the king of Nineveh – notice that Jonah did not personally deliver the message to the king – something unexpected happened: the king ordered all his people to repent and seek God, hoping that God would turn away His promised punishment (Jonah 3:6-9). Guess what happened next? God did turn away His promised punishment when He saw their sincere repentance; but for Jonah, this was a very upsetting development. Nineveh deserved to be punished! Continue reading Jonah’s Rage – Giving Up Control