From the Prophets: Tears of Sorrow

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others.

My thoughts:

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others.

My thoughts:

  • When I read Jonah 1:1-3, I find out Jonah was told to go preach to the enemy. It makes me realize some of the difficult people God wants me to talk to. They are ______________ , ______________ , and ______________. Then I read 3:10-4:2, and Jonah is mad God would be willing to forgive people whom Jonah didn’t think deserved it. As that brought sorrow to God, so must my actions when I ______________.
  • What things are going on around me that are similar to what God was speaking against in Isaiah 1:1-4? What is happening in my country, my church, or my heart that brings God sorrow?

My words and actions:

God notices. He sees what nations do as well as what individuals do. When those actions don’t reflect the Creator of the nation or individual, the Creator feels sorrow. There are times when my actions appear to be noble, but my heart is not. Or when I say something, but the reasons for saying it do not match. Before God, I must remember he notices.

My prayer;

God, you see me as well as the world around me. I ask for your help in doing the very things that please you and do not hurt you. With eyes of faith, I believe that you will continue to see me and help me honor you. Through Jesus I ask, Amen.

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