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.

Nahum 1:7 The Lord Is Good And A Refuge

The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust him, Nahum 1:7

Nahum is one of the unusual books of the bible because he speaks against the pagan city of Nineveh. God is telling the people that Nineveh will be destroyed. While saying this, he also points out that God is good and is a refuge to people who trust in Him. God does care for His people.

People who really do not know God often think that God is a cruel God. How can He demand that they live a perfect life? How can He demand that they give their whole life to Him? Why did God allow some disaster to occur? Why can’t a person live how he wants? And the reasons continue.

Despite what people may think, God is good. Since God has been in existence for all eternity and He has created all the known universe, He does have some knowledge and experience that no man can claim. God knows what is best for each and every person on this planet.

Knowing that should cause a person to run to Him during times of trouble, rather than accusing Him of being cruel and not caring. God is always there for every person who believes in Him and follows Him. In order to believe in Him and follow Him, one must trust Him.

His care for you may not mean that the trouble is removed, but it does mean that He is right beside you through that trouble. God will touch your heart and soul and protect them through any trouble that comes your way, if you will just trust Him.

No matter what the world throws your way, no one in this world, or even Satan, can take your soul or salvation from God’s hand. You have to give that up by your own choice.

Every enemy of the Lord will be defeated one day. Until that time you have to rest in the care of the Lord, trusting His every move or lack of moves. If you do not put your trust in Him, how can He care for you?

God is good and all that He does is good. The path He has for you may be hard, but it is the best one for you. Trust Him and find your refuge in Him. He will give you the strength you need.

I pray today that you will know God is good; that you will see all the goodness of God; that you will put all of your trust in Him; and that you will seek Him as a refuge in times of trouble.