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Jonah 3 (A Story of Repentance)

Jonah 3 (KJV)

And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days’ journey.

And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.

And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

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A Higher Point of View

Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

My business unit recently moved into a new building because we needed more space.  The views from the new building are spectacular.  From the higher floors, you can see the towering office buildings of the town center in one direction and breathtaking mountain ranges in the other.  One day as I was enjoying the views, it dawned on me that the higher you are, the more you can see the big picture.  In the same way, the more we turn our hearts to God and seek His wisdom, the more we can see the circumstances of our lives from heaven’s perspective.

Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, the ways of the Lord are higher than our ways.  God has a plan for our lives that’s bigger than anything we can think or imagine.  We can trust in God’s providence and have confidence that God is working out the details of our lives for our good (Romans 8:28, NIV).  God’s Word will not return to Him void and will produce fruit in our lives when we place our trust in Him.

Sweeter Than Honey

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Psalm 19:7-10 The Message

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate to the nth degree.

God’s word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.

In an average day, we have a myriad of decisions we have to make and problems that we must consider. Just the idea of figuring out what we should do is enough to tire us out. Deciding whether we should pursue a new job, begin a new relationship or buy a home are just a few of the major decisions that we may make during our lifetimes. However, we have many more daily decisions that occupy our mental faculties. Sometimes we have to gain understanding of how to resolve a situation at work, find the best route to work, or even plan what we will eat for dinner. Ironically, I have found that sometimes the little issues of life can be just as disturbing as the big issues.

Fortunately, as believers, we don’t have to make decisions without guidance. Christians are provided with a roadmap that can direct their way down the correct path. This roadmap is the Word of God. It is through His Word that God ordinarily provides us with revelation. The answers to life’s problems are contained in the Bible.

God’s Word nurtures, comforts, and restores our mental health. When the problems of life begin to beat us down, God’s Word will provide us with healing. It is through the Word of God that we can find order in our lives. The Message states in Psalm 19 that the revelation of God pulls our lives together and provides the signposts of God.

It is counterproductive for us to dwell on our problems and reflect upon them for long periods of time. We are far better served to focus on the kingdom of God and His Word. Matthew 6:33 tells us that if we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, God will provide for all of our needs. Through focusing on the kingdom of God, not only will we minimize the negative effects of thinking about our problems but we will have confidence that God will take care of our problems and provide for all of our needs.

Unlike the problems of the world, the Word of God is sweet to the soul. If we keep our minds focused on God’s Word and strive for the things of God, we will be helped to live a life that is sweeter, more peaceful and even more prosperous.