“Indeed, I knew that you are a God of grace and compassion, slow to anger and rich in goodness, and who regrets the evil you send.
The Lord answered, “Do you do well to be angry?”
Jonah 4. 2 & 4
Listening is at the heart of the book of the prophet Jonah. Jonah does not listen to God. He does the opposite. Despite this, God listens to Jonah’s prayer. Jonah’s enemies listen to him and come to God. And us, where are we in terms of listening? Will we be attentive to God’s plans, even if they go against our ready-made ideas? Or will we be stubborn, angry, in the claim vis-à-vis God, because the reality does not correspond to what we had imagined?
The sermon series is given by pastor Patrice Berger. sermons are translated from the originl French version. Bible verses link to the Bible in Basic English. The Bible is available online in audio/podcast form in several versions including the Bible in Basic English (1 year reading plan):
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Believers may tell it to themselves, it is often what is said to them. Jonah's story shows the opposite. His prayer in a unique and perilous situation is heard by God who acts accordingly.
It is better to be where God is waiting for us, even if it is beyond our understanding. To be where the Lord awaits us is to be in the presence of the Eternal.
Key verses from the book of Jonah
17. Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
4. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
10. And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
2. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.