God told Jonah to go to Nineveh – to preach repentance to them. This was Jonah’s calling and training – he was a prophet. As you know, Jonah didn’t want to go – so he disobeyed God in a big way. He paid the price and spent three horrific nights in the belly of a fish in the middle of the ocean.
In today’s reading, God is speaking to Jonah a second time. Anyone grateful for second chances? This time Jonah obeys with his feet – but is still disobedient in his heart. How many times do we do that? Do what we’re told – but with a bad attitude – maybe even resentment toward God.
The people of Nineveh listened and repented of their evil in amazing ways. They turned to God in one of the world’s biggest known revivals. God used Jonah’s obedience but disapproved of his heart attitude.
Why’s our hearts matter so much? Why isn’t it OK to just obey in action regardless of our heart? Because God looks at and judges the heart
People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
So…how’s your heart today? Is it healthy and godly or trashed out and all about me? How can you tell? Our actions reveal our heart….
But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying and slander. Matthew 15:18-19
What’s on the inside shows on the outside. Only God can change a heart. Ask Him – He can change yours.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26
- When you evaluate your heart right now – what do you find?
- How would you like God to change your heart?
- Ask Him…
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor