Jonah desired the destruction of a wicked city, literal enemies of God’s chosen. Yet, he didn’t want to prophesy the Word of God against it because He understood God’s underlying nature. God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster (Jon. 4:2). If he hadn’t understood this about God, he would have happily decreed the soon coming destruction of that place (Jon. 3:3-4). Yet, he was so convinced of God’s nature that he attempted to flee from the presence of God to avoid seeing the fulfillment of the redemptive purpose of God toward these legitimately evil people. When the people repented and God relented, it displeased Jonah, making him angry. And the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” (Jon. 4:4).
Are you reluctant with God’s grace, mercy, and love while being quick to rebuke and condemn? Do you look for opportunities to reconcile people to God or do you look for grounds of judgment? Do you have God’s heart for redemption of have you stopped short of His purpose? Have you come to understand the nature of God?
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.