In the Bible, we see amazing testimonies of the grace of God. One such testimony in particular is found in Jonah chapter 3. Jonah had been fleeing from God, but God pursued him. In the belly of a great fish he called out to God. Now, at the beginning of chapter 3, Jonah is restored to his office as a prophet. That is a remarkable testimony of the grace of God.
But this chapter’s testimony to God’s grace does not end here. In this chapter, Jonah will follow the call of God to go and cry out to the people of Nineveh about God’s judgment. Nineveh was a city known for its wickedness and rebellion against God. Amazingly, however, God uses this message to bring about repentance among the people of Nineveh. They turn from sin and unto God.
What can account for the way in which “that great city” (Jonah 3:2) made such a change? It is because God worked in their hearts. God worked through the preaching of His Word to change the hearts of the people. This repentance, we are told, extends even to the king of Nineveh (Jonah 3:6-7).
What is your attitude to the preaching of God’s Word? Are you receptive to it? Have you recognized it as the Word of God which is authoritative and powerful? Are you grateful for the grace of God in giving us His Word? This is the Word that presents to us the message of the Gospel. God has not left His people without hope or without a Word from Him.
Perhaps you wonder if God could ever receive you. Look to the testimony of God’s grace to Jonah and to the people of Nineveh. Christ has died for sinners, and the Christ that saved them is offered to you as well.
Will you join us this Lord’s Day evening at 5 for worship at The Commons at St. Andrews Church as we consider these truths together? For directions, click here or contact us for more information. You can also join us on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.
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