Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”
As a small child the title of this devotional was my anthem. I always tried to do things on my own and often failed miserably! One of these times was when I was helping my grandfather work in his garden. I was tasked with pulling weeds and went at it quickly without waiting for instructions on how to do it. My grandfather kept trying to show me the proper way to pull the weeds but I kept telling him, “I can do it myself!” He eventually let me do it my way and when I had finished, I only pulled the tops of the weeds and did not get the roots. Afterwards, my grandfather sat me down and shared how I had done it wrong and that I would have to go back and do it the right way....which took all day!
it wasn’t until many years later that I learned how much it hurt my grandfather to see me struggling so. My grandmother told me how he kept wanting to go out there and help me but knew I needed to learn a very important lesson which would help me in the future. After a long day of struggling my grandfather loved on me and shared how he was there for me to guide me even when I didn’t think I needed it.
I know today you will meet lots of people who are struggling and in need of help, just like the people of Nineveh. Don’t be like Jonah and have no compassion for them, but allow God to show His love and provision for them though you. Ask God to help you see Others like He sees them and then be motivated with love and compassion towards them.