“But the Lord said, ‘You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.'” -Jonah 4:10, NIV
So, to start off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My Christmas was AMAZING! I was truly blessed and I got to see all of my family. YAAAAYYYY! 🙂
Now, let’s get down to business. Today, I want to speak on Jonah. Of course, you’re probably thinking everyone knows the story of Jonah. He didn’t obey God. He got swallowed by a big fish and he was spit back out. Big whoop! However, there’s so much more to the story than this. I want you to get past the typical story of Jonah and really dig deep into this text.
Now, Jonah was supposed to go to Ninevah because the people were wicked and needed some spiritual healing. Jonah didn’t want to step foot in that city and chose to flee from the Lord. So, Jonah ran into some sailors, caught a ride, and caused a storm. He knew that the storm was his fault, so he asked the sailors to throw him overboard. Of course, we know he was swallowed by a large fish. He also was convicted while in this large fish, The fish spit him back up and Jonah went on to the city of Ninevah. The End!
NOT THE END! Jonah and the Lord were having a conversation about God’s compassion. Jonah just didn’t understand how God could be so compassionate towards these people. Jonah just wanted to die. God simply asked him if he had a right to be angry. God knew that Jonah didn’t have a right to be angry and chose to teach him. Jonah went outside to just chill and see what would happen to the city. The Lord provided a vine for Jonah to give him shade. Jonah was happy about this vine, but later that night God provided a worm to chew the vine so it would wither. God made the sun blaze on Jonah to the point that he grew faint. Jonah became angry and wanted to die (again 😐 ) Jonah was concerned about the vine, but he didn’t do anything to keep it healthy and make it grow. God compared this vine to Ninevah. God knew that Ninevah was in bad condition and that the people needed spiritual growth. God made the point to Jonah that He should be concerned about His people in Ninevah.
I know I’m being just a little bit lengthy, but God was concerned about His children. I feel that we should have this same compassion and be concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We make up a large body. If we don’t keep each other spiritually strong, we can’t expect for the body of Christ to be healthy. I encourage you to be concerned about others and be encouraging. I knows sometimes life can get rough and we feel that we can’t be of any help to others. Just give it a try and you never know how you or some else might be blessed. Do it for the vine, or should I say body of Christ? Have a happy new year! I love you all! 🙂 ❤