Jonah 3:6 Acting Upon God’s Word

Stop warning sign

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. Jonah 3:6 

Everywhere a person goes or looks there are warnings. Warnings on the sides of roads, on packages, in the media, and much more. Some of those warnings are of dire consequences that can be immediate. Others are of minor consequences or something that may occur over a longer period of time. Some of these warnings are very unusual and different, while others are more of a common sense warnings.

Every person is different in how well they follow warning signs. Some will follow them wholeheartedly every time, while others ignore them most of the time.

Once Jonah had finally chosen to go to Nineveh and speak God’s word of warning, the king of Nineveh heard it. The king immediately acted upon God’s word in humility. He did not ignore it or dismiss it at all.

Just as people ignore warning signs on packages and the road side, people also often ignore the warnings God has given or is giving. Some people have heard all their lives that Jesus is returning to the point that they are no longer concerned and begin to ignore the warning. They begin to choose to live in sin, ignoring God.

God’s word is true and every warning given will come to pass at some point. The one who truly believes in God will heed every warning that God has given. He will also be willing to pass that warning on to others.

God does not anyone to perish or be punished because of sin. His goal is to give everyone life–eternal life through the forgiveness of Jesus. Believers must act upon this and pass it on to others who need to hear that warning.

If you are a believer, you have read or heard some of God’s warnings. Ask yourself if you are heeding those warnings and if you are passing those onto others.

Do not ignore God’s warnings that He is lovingly giving you through His word, visions, Holy Spirit or others. Act upon them and live for God, obeying His every word.

Be like the king of Nineveh and humbly submit to God’s word and His warnings. God is only trying to give you the best and make you the best you can be. Listen to Him, He knows what is best.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s warnings to you and others; that you will be guided by His Holy Spirit; and that you will live for God in every area of your life.

Esther 7:10 Lies Will Cost

Prison fence

So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided. Esther 7:10 

Telling lies often will appear to be acceptable, with no cost. People are telling lies on a regular basis and do not seem to have any problems. False reports about people are being spread on a daily basis, to the point, it is difficult to know what is the truth.

Watching the news, one will see many reports of what someone supposedly said or did. There will be reports on both sides of the story, saying the person did it or did not do it.

Haman had spread a false report to the king that the Israelites were out to destroy him and his nation. The king had believed him for a time, and allowed for the destruction of the Israelites.

This plot was discovered and uncovered. This destruction would also destroy the king’s wife–Esther. So the king was against Haman. His lies were uncovered and it cost him his life.

Being deceptive is an easy thing to do and most people will not be able to recognize it. Yet, God is watching and sees all deception and lies being told. He may allow it to happen, but there will be a price to be paid in the end.

There will always come a time when a lie is uncovered for what it was. This may occur in this life, or it may occur when standing before the judgement seat of God in heaven. Telling a lie is a sin and the cost of it is death.

Although one may have lied, Jesus has paid the price for that lie. He paid the price of death for the sin and is willing to forgive when repentance occurs. However, if there is no repentance, the individual will have to pay the price of death.

Lies and any other sin comes with the price of death. The world may not see it, but God does.

You may have done a sin against God at some point. It may appear as though no one has seen it. Know that God has seen it and there will be a price to be paid, whether it is a lie or some other sin. Repent of the sin, while there is still time before the final judgement occurs.

Do not try to pay the price yourself. Allow God to cleanse you of sin and restore you.

I pray today that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn from all sin towards God; that you will live your life for God; and that you know the forgiveness Jesus offers you.