JONAH: Running WITH God! * Pastor Bill Sy * Jonah 4:1-11 * 11/12/17

1.) I run with God in his TIMING (Jonah 4:1-5)

  • Jonah 4:1 "Jonah was greatly displeased (upset over this change of plans) and became angry." (2 Kings 14:25 - Jonah prophesied the boundaries restored)
  • Jonah 4:2 "O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee."
  • Jonah 4:3 "Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die."
  • Jonah 4:4 "Have you any right to be angry?
  • Psalm 37:7-8 "Be still before the Lord (rest in the Lord) and wait patiently for him; do not fret...Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret"
  • Jonah 4:5 "Jonah went out and sat down...There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city."
  • Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the Lord...and in his word I put my hope."

2.) I run with God in his STRENGTH (Jonah 4:6-8)

  • Jonah 4:6 "The Lord God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy (grateful) about the vine."
  • Jonah 4:7 "The next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered."
  • Jonah 4:8 "God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die."
  • Isaiah 30:15 "In quietness and trust is your strength."
  • Isaiah 40:31 "Those who hope (trust, wait) in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary."

3.) I run with God in his COMPASSION (Jonah 4:9-11)

  • Jonah 4:9 "God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine? 'I do,' he said, 'I am angry enough to die.'"
  • Jonah 4:2 "I new that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity."
  • Jonah 4:10-11 "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned (have compassion) about that great city?" (Pray for God's compassion for the lost!)
  • Matthew 9:37-38 "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Dig Deeper:  Read Jonah 4:1-11

(1) What is surprising about this last chapter? Compare Jonah's attitude with Luke 15:10. What helps you overcome anger and fretting? When have you waited for God's timing?

(2) When have you experienced a "worm" or "scorching wind"? How has God given you strength?

(3) Who in your life needs to hear of God's compassionate love? Pray for them and be available!