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.