When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.” vs. 10Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Much to Jonah’s chagrin, the people of Nineveh repented and turned from their evil ways and in response, God too repented, and did not bring calamity upon them. His story reminds us of two things, first that it is possible for people to turn around their lives and avoid losing all that they hold dear. That’s good to know, particularly if we’re among those who have postponed repentance in favor of self-indulgence for too many years. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven. God’s last word is always restoration! And secondly we learn that it’s not unusual for people to resent the favor that God seems to show to those who don’t deserve it. Sometimes we would just rather that rascals reap the repercussions of their careless and carefree living. When we’ve lived a relatively decent life it galls us to see those who deserve less get more. But that’s how it is, and we should all be grateful. After all, if forgiveness wasn’t woven into the fabric of creation by our loving God, we would all be the losers. While it’s hard for anyone to comprehend how it’s even possible for God’s mind to be changed, it’s always good to know that everyone gets a mulligan!
Thought for the Day: How many mulligans have I received?