Most of us who went to Sunday school have likely heard the story of Jonah and the whale. God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh, Jonah didn’t want to be obedient. He felt afraid and to good to be going there. When he disobeyed an enormous whale swallowed him up! He didn’t even die. When he had sat in the belly of the whale long enough God made the whale vomit him up. My first thought is how many of us have been sort of stuck in the belly of a whale? Then like Jonah even when we realized what we needed to do to be obedient to God, and he delivered us sure, but it was kind of messy?
Maybe your deliverance wasn’t how you imagined it would be. Maybe you thought it would be instant, then it came about little by little. It’s the part of Jonahs story that they don’t focus much on in Sunday school that touched me so much. The part after he became obedient, he saw God change people. But something just wasn’t right. He still had some heart issues. He had went outside the city to a shade tree. But after a while the Lord let a worm come and eat a hole into the tree so it withered and died. Jonah was mad. He had this sense of entitlement. Which part of me feels for Jonah because how hard it must be to be the voice of prophetic wisdom, to hear God’s voice and not feel favored, spoiled even. Maybe Jonah should have taken that withered tree as a sign it was time to get up, not as a something to throw a tantrum about.
So I ask myself, I ask you, what have we felt entitled to in our own lives? Money? Food? Well behaved children? Love?
It is good to have standards. It is good to respect yourself and expect God to bless you, he loves you after all. However, it’s only good when our expectation comes from a humble heart. It is only healthy when you and I expect blessings because of who God is and not because of who we are.
I don’t know about you but I want to expect all that God has in store for me and faithfully hope that it is good! Praying today that when things don’t go as I plan my heart would not focus on what comes and goes but be in awe of who God is. Praying the same for you today too.
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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