Jonah 4:3-4 “Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live. But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
Here Jonah was angry with the Lord. He wanted God to severely punish the Ninevites. For Jonah, these people were wicked and ruthless who acted as a great threat and enemy to the nation Israel. But alas, the Ninevites have done the unthinkable. They repented of their sin! “Oh great” says Jonah. And what’s worse, God has been gracious again and forgive their sins! A double drat!
These made Jonah to be very angry. A boiling hot type of anger. And then the question comes from the Lord: “Have you any right to be angry?” In a deeper meaning, this is a question to us all when we are angry of what God does, or seemingly doesn’t do. The fact is that we only see things our level. God sees all things. When He works, He takes into account the past, present and the future. He takes into account motives of the heart as well as words of the mouth. We do not have a right to be angry with Him unless we are in a position higher than Him and know everything more than Him! We can never question Him.
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