“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.’ ”
– Jonah 3:1-2
What God can do in your life is amazing if you hear His Word and step out in faith. Build yourself up and do something great! Today we continue with Jonah’s story and his calling. After disobeying God’s call, the whale that swallowed Jonah dumped him at the gates of Nineveh. The circumference of Nineveh is described by historians as between 8 to 18 miles. The walls were 50-feet thick and 33-feet high. This city was a place of oppression, brutality, and full of villains. However, this was Jonah’s assignment, and he began to trust his life to God.
Jonah began his three-day journey through Nineveh. He proclaimed: “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The brevity and boringness of this prophecy was uncharacteristic if you were a Jew in Jesus’ day. Old Testament prophecies often spoke of hellfire, brimstone, angels with flaming eyes, swords, and people melting and turning into salt. However, not even asking people to repent, Jonah simply said that in forty days Nineveh will fall. It was not a scary sermon, but everyone became unhinged immediately. The king’s heart was moved into action by what he heard. He ordered the whole kingdom to fast, weep, and pray. Everyone put on sackcloth and wept in the dust. They committed to turn away from violence and evil.
Friend, Jonah stepped out in faith and trusted God. The obedience of Jonah caused the king of Nineveh’s prayer to finish with this inspiring line: “Who knows, maybe the Lord will relent?” God honored this nation with His compassion! God can do a lot with our small prayers! We can build something great for the Kingdom of God by trusting him and following His instructions.
Father, help me to trust you and listen to your instructions.
Are you aware that your obedience can lead to great things?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.
God is not telling me to do something like He did Jonah. Please continue with help.tom
God spoke through me 1975 c b radio. I do not know how i came up with things i said had to be God.