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Communion Meditation…

The Reluctant Prophet

Jonah is a peculiar prophet. He believed in God’s mercy, so he went the other way when God called Him to go preach to Nineveh.

Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “Oh LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. –  Jonah 4:1-2

He believed in a God of mercy, but he had little mercy in his own heart. He would rather be “right” than to see the city saved.

Unfortunately, there are many who are like him, even today. We become full of ourselves and of our theories about the gospel. We construct systems based on inferences and assumptions – and would rather fight than switch, even when what we are fighting for is more tradition than Scripture.

God is merciful and full of compassion. We need to learn to be like Him.

Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” To know God, we need to look at Jesus.

Jesus had little sympathy for those who valued their traditions and prejudices more than the heart of God. He will have little sympathy with us if we do not seek God’s heart through Him.

Jesus calls us to deny self and follow Him. Will we be like Jonah and run away in the other direction? If He calls us back, will we reluctantly go where He sends – only to become angry if He chooses to save some whom we do not deem worthy of His grace?

I need to think on these things as I seek fellowship with Jesus in this Supper. Am I as gracious as God?


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