Jonah’s Nature in Us

Relief Sculptures at the Entrance of Kuyunjik Palace Ruins, in Mosul, Iraq, vintage engraved illustration. Trousset encyclopedia (1886 – 1891).


Be careful – there is a lot of Jonah’s nature in us.

We see what Jonah values –  self.  He expresses joy when God shows him compassion in providing comfort, but expresses anger when God shows compassion for citizens of Nineveh. Jonah is all about self-comforts and worldly values.

God Values  Life.

“So the Lord said, ” You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. But may I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more than 120,000 people who cannot distinguish between their right and their left …”  (Jonah 4:10-11)

“Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, love the Lord Your God, obey him, and remain faithful to him.  For he is your life, and he will prolong your days…” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Where did Jonah go wrong?  He chose not to return to God – no repentance.

It is all about agreeing with God and confessing your sin to restore that relationship!

(I John 1:9)  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Janice Ramsey