Facing Nineveh Head-On

“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 obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.”

– Jonah 3:1-3

Once he knew he could no longer run, Jonah stood face-to-face with his greatest fear and marched boldly into Nineveh with the Word of the Lord on his lips. The message he was tasked to proclaim was simple — 40 more days and the city would be destroyed. Since he feared the resident’s reaction, I picture him going around whispering the words under his breath so as not to be heard. Yet in spite of his attempts to give his message “under the radar,” the people listened to and believed him

The citizens of Nineveh repented of their evil ways and so did their king; he took off his royal robes, covered himself in sackcloth, and sat down in the dirt. In fact, he issued a decree telling everyone and everything, including animals, that they needed to repent. As shocking as this was to Jonah, the fact that the Lord’s message was received was proof that his Heavenly Father had his best interest at heart the whole time! 

Friend, when Jesus calls you to do something difficult, remember that He has gone before you. Instead of running from His lead, embrace what you’re afraid of and know that He will cover you with grace and mercy when you choose to do what’s hard. His Spirit has gone before you to clear the path, part the waters, and make a way where there seems to be no way. Though you will be stretched, your good Father has your back; you will be strengthened, and He will be glorified as you obey His voice and faithfully follow His call!


Jesus, thank you for going before whenever you ask me to do something difficult.


When did the Lord last call you to a challenging place like Nineveh?

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