I heard one preacher say, “The world is so evil. If I were God, I would have stomped the world to death by now. Aren’t you glad I’m not God?” Yes. We are thankful for God’s mercy. And He shows that mercy to His sun-burned, suicidal servant whose mantra seems to be “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
God asks His disgruntled missionary, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?” (v. 9). Man was made in the image and likeness of his Creator and possesses a moral system, one aspect of which is his conscience. But Jonah’s conscience does not appear to have kicked in throughout this book!
He responds, “It is right for me to be so angry that I wish I were dead.” How should Jonah have responded? He should have said, “Lord, I’m so sorry for valuing my comfort more than the souls of these Ninevites. Give me another chance?” (to be continued)