bible based christian daily devotional

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Categories

Worthy Devotions - Bible Based Christian Daily Devotional

Be God's Messenger!

Friday, June 27, 2014 (7:55 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Jonah 3:5-9 So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published throughout Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.9Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?

Jonah preached his 8 word sermon and the Ninevites were struck with the fear of the Lord and moved to complete repentance.

The king stood up (a sign of his serious intent), removed his royal robes (a sign of humility), covered himself with sackcloth (a sign of mourning), and sat in the dust (a sign of repentance). Then, according to the King's edict, every soul in Nineveh responded with desperate fasting. It's hard to imagine that level of conviction coming upon an entire metropolis of over 120,000 people. But what followed was the greatest revival in history. Every one in the city got saved! This seems so impossible at every level. The whole story of Jonah is utterly fantastic from beginning to end…almost like a fairytale.

But we know it isn't a fairytale.The Lord Himself clearly refers to Jonah's ministry as a historical fact; [Luke 11:29-30].

Through it, God is inspiring us for the days we live in. Look around, isn't the whole world going the way of ancient Nineveh? Isn't the wickedness and moral erosion around us just as horrifying as the evil deeds of the Assyrians? Can God’s judgment be far away?

And what were the chances of Nineveh's revival taking place? If Jonah, who knew God's mercy and grace as a prophet, was against it, who would give the Ninevites a ghost of a chance for salvation? Many of us undoubtedly feel the same way about most of our modern cities. We've stopped believing that God can reach the unreachable or do the impossible. Instead, we say, "It's Nineveh. It's hopeless?" What can we honestly expect in these "Days of Noah and Lot"?

The prophet Daniel, I believe, has an answer for us in these End Times: "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever; [Daniel 12:3]. It took Jonah a while to get there, but he finally did shine the righteousness of God into a wicked city; and he led many to righteousness.

Our God still has some plans with "fairytale" dimensions. If we can get over our cynicism, apathy, judgmental attitude, and unbelief, there are still a few Nineveh's in our future, I believe. I have no illusions about the strength of those negative qualities in us, or the desperate evil in our modern cities. But there are some whose identification with the Lord in His death, just like Jonah, who will lead many to righteousness, just as he did.

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy Devotions. All rights reserved.

One Response to “Be God's Messenger!”

  1. enoob57 Says:

    Hi Brother! I have to admit a little of this work your doing is fishy
    don't you think :red_smile: thanks for your ministry :thumbsup:
    Love, Steven

Leave a Reply




Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
Your email address:
First Name:
Last Name:
Enter security code:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 3/2/2015
Worthy Brief - 2/27/2015
Worthy Brief - 2/26/2015
Worthy Brief - 2/25/2015
Worthy Brief - 2/24/2015
  • Most Popular Posts


  • World News
    Iran Operating Top Secret 'Parallel Nuclear Program', Iranian Dissident Group Claims
    Obama's War Authorization To Go After Jihadists Worldwide
    US, Britain Close embassies in Yemen amid rebel takeover
    Russia and Iran Sign Deal to Expand Military Cooperation
    Saudi King's Health Connected to End Times According to some Shiites
    Iran-Backed Militias Receiving U.S. Weapons
    Europe's Islam Debate Erupts as Paris Killers at Large
    Israel News
    Mossad cables hardly contradict Netanyahu on Iran
    Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process
    Syrian Army, Hezbollah Launch Attack to Capture Territory Near Golan Heights
    Israel Closes Three Islamic Charities for Causing Unrest on Temple Mount
    Freedom of Information Act May Force DOD to Declassify Report on Israel Nuclear Program
    US: Palestine not a state, does not qualify for ICC membership
    Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’ trial in Jerusalem
    U.S. News
    Christian Florist Guilty of Discrimination
    Obama vetoes Keystone XL
    U.S. military decimated under Obama
    Court keeps 'under God' in Pledge
    Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding, Claims Obama
    Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote in elections
    American Family Breakdown: Only 17% black teens live with parents, 54% for whites
    Christian News
    Laos Sentences Pastors to Prison for Praying for the Sick
    Muslims Seize Last Remnant of Church
    Christian-run Rehab Fined, Shut for 3 Months
    Christians Excluded from Blasphemy Cases for Acquittal
    Pakistan: Police Raid Sunday Worship Services
    Sisters who became Christians Starved
    Nigeria: One of the "Worst Places" for Christians
    Great Reading Material
    Add our Daily Christian Devotion
    You can add our daily Christian devotional to your sites for FREE!

    You can get more information, please go to Worthy Webmaster.
    Link to our Daily Christian Devotional
    Help others find Worthy Christian Devotions! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian Devotions on your web page:

    <a href="http://www.worthydevotions.com" title="Christian Devotions">Daily Christian Devotionals - Worthy Devotions</a>



    Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian Devotional – Daily Devotion » Be God's Messenger!