Yesterday we talked about Jonah. Well there is another passage in Jonah that challenges me. Jonah was called to preach to the people of Nineveh. They were a particularly brutal, bloodthirsty lot. But, when they heard Jonah preach, they repented. In chapter 3, we read, “When God saw what they did… God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.”
God changed his mind.
Whenever we think we’ve got God nailed down and figured out – whenever we think we know who God is going to condemn or who God is going to save – we need to remember this passage. God is a God of surprises and a God of Grace.
I’ve often heard it said that when I get to heaven I’ll be surprised at who I’ll see there. If I’m honest with myself, I have to imagine there will be some there who will also be surprised to see me!
Let us pray: O God, you are a God of second chances. And for that, we praise you. We praise you for your mercy, your forgiveness, and for your amazing grace. Help us today to forgive as we have been forgiven. If there are broken relationships in our life, give us the courage and strength to work for reconciliation when possible. In all things, help us to trust you, through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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