This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” – Jonah 4:1-3
There are times that we can’t comprehend the extent of our God’s mercy. We invoke our own limited understanding of forgiveness on an infinitely compassionate God. Like Jonah, we certainly appreciate that quality for ourselves, but not always so much for others.
Pride can be a powerful obstacle to obedience, kindness, forgiveness and so much more that we need to know. We learn humility, not by giving in, but by giving up the burden pride and its partners place on our lives.
-Sue Breland, Worship for One©