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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pouting Prophets

June 7

(Jonah 4:5-11 NIV) ""Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. {6} Then 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 about the vine. {7} But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. {8} When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live." {9} But 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." {10} But the Lord said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. {11} 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 about that great city?""

If God could use Jonah, God can use you. Jonah ran -- God used him anyway. Jonah griped -- God used him anyway. Jonah pouted -- God used him anyway. Jonah hated -- God used him anyway. As it turns out, Jonah was in pretty good company. Abraham lied, Sarah doubted, Jacob cheated, Moses made excuses, Rahab was a prostitute, Sampson was full of lust, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah suffered from depression, Peter denied Christ, and Paul had Christians killed. God used all of them anyway. How could we possibly be so vain as to believe that our sin is too big or too bad for God? Give it up! It’s a lousy excuse and it's even lousier theology. A dedicated life and a repentant heart are powerful tools in the hands of God. Whatever your background or baggage, God can use you. God used Jonah, and God can use you. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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