The Second Chance

The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, the great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”

Jonah 3:1–2 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

Our friend Jonah, after reckoning himself as good as dead—ran away from God’s call. He chose to go his own way. The end of that caused Jonah to submit himself to death.

But then God intervened. Jonah was given a reprieve. God again called on him. How did Jonah respond this time?

So Jonah got up and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three-day journey across. Jonah began to enter the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “In forty days’ time, Nineveh will be overthrown!” So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast. And everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.

Jonah 3:3–5— Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

Jonah got up and went. The words even seem to indicate a purposeful sense of haste. Perhaps it’s my imagination.

Even though the task seemed insurmountable, even futile before, The size of the task hadn’t changed. Jonah’s faith did.

But then God had gone before him. People received Jonah’s stark warning. They changed, repenting from and mourning their sin.

Think of those around you every day. I am certain you know someone hell-bent. How is it people are going to know that the path they’re on leads to certain destruction if someone doesn’t warn them?

Better yet, how are they to know that Salvation is of the Lord if that truth isn’t shared?

We, as servants of God, aren’t responsible for how those who hear respond. We are responsible for sharing the truth timely and accurately.

Jonah got a second chance to honor the call God gave him.

Do you have a call from God and need a mulligan?

Why not take the time to ask Him now. Jonah did. Look what happened. Many folks were saved!

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