Jonah 4:1-11 Reflection:
Poor old Jonah is in a huff with God. He went to the people of Nineveh and told them that if they did not change their ways and repent that God would punish them and their city. The people of Nineveh repented, God showed His mercy and now Jonah felt cheated: “I knew you were a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, relenting from evil.”
Jonah felt that he had been made a fool off, going down to Nineveh and shouting all this fire and thunder and then nothing happened. Things didn’t go his way.
We see people behaving badly, know it is going to end bad for them and then they repent and nothing happens; they get off with it!
Our righteous indignation kicks in and we feel cheated that these people suffer no pain for what they have done, particularly if what they did do affected us.
But what we tend to forget is that many times in our own lives we have been like the people of Nineveh, deserving punishment but forgiven by God.
We want God to use the big stick on others and be gentle on us.
And if he does not do this, we tend to huff.