“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.” (Jonah 4:2)
So many people put the tag on God that He is out to get you. Make one mistake and He will bring some calamity on you to teach you. I was taught growing up that God sits up in heaven on a big throne, with a lightning bolt in His hand and He’s just looking for someone to tick Him off and then, look out! Even insurance companies call disasters, acts of god. Well that’s not our God.
Jesus told us so clearly in the book of John who the destroyer is, and you know what? It’s not God. Here look at what it says. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). You see, God gives life and satan destroys it.
Here this Old Testament prophet knew the heart and nature of God. He wanted God to destroy these people, but as soon as they repented, God was quick to forgive and to restore. I’m always amazed that when a disaster hits an area, they call it an act of god, but when there is a beautiful day or something very special happens in our world, they call it mother nature or mother earth. Come on Christians. Let’s speak what the truth of the Word says and not what man-made religion says.
God is love, He is a good God, a merciful and compassionate God. He is One who is slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. If the church would start showing the world a loving God like this, it would change people’s hearts from running from God to running to Him. Let’s share the truth and see God do the rest. He is filled with unfailing love.
Heavenly Father thank you for being a God of Love. Thank you for always looking out for our good. Your word says You created me and love me, and I am so greatful that you do. That you sought me out in the middle of a calamity, without your love and caring of me individually, I would have surely perished. What a great God we serve. I praise and Love you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Scriptural Seeds Ministries