Can He Send You?

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of theLord. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah 1:1-3 NKJV

Our country is falling to pieces, right? It is going to Hell in a rocket ship! Hollywood produces nothing but filth. The music industry is filled with indecency and X-rated lyrics, and the music videos are even worse. On top of all that, the economy is tanking. The pandemic is diminishing the quality of life for so many, Wall Street is corrupt, and Washington is dragging the country the wrong way into debt and collapsing upon itself. I guess it is just time to throw the towel in and wait for Heaven considering all these negatives, right?

Wrong! God wants to hijack our country. He wants to transform Hollywood, the music industry, Broadway, Wall Street, the medical field, and Washington. In fact, He wants to save them, just like He wanted to save Nineveh and change that community. But when He wanted to change Nineveh, what did He do?

He sent Jonah.

But Jonah did not want to go. He wanted Nineveh to be destroyed, so he ranfrom God’s presence and tried to hide. He wanted the Jews to have God’s salvation, but he wanted Nineveh to die. And why not? After all, Nineveh was a huge city full of wicked people. When Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, went to war, they would cut open pregnant women with their swords and throw the babies from city walls. Based on their portrayal in Bible story, they werecertaintly a wicked people!

But God loved them. He was not willing to just let them perish but desired that they should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9 NKJV). Therefore, He sent Jonah because how could Nineveh have heard about God’s mercy unless someone went to tell them? Romans 10:14 NKJV asks, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” The answer, of course, is that they cannot.

If we do not go to the people and places God directs us, then we doom the world and our communities to Hell. If we do not speak, then no one will be saved. And suppose we abandon our country in all its sinful parts, thinking we can hang on to our personal salvation. In that case, we should not be surprised when depravity grows around us, and our communities are destroyed.

The Word of God reminds us that one person plants while another one waters, but it is God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6 NKJV). We must take inventory of our actions and the condition of our hearts concerning the sin in the world that surrounds us. You have heard it said, “Love the sinner and hate the sin.” Assume all we are doing is talking or complaining about the world, our family members, or our jobs. We are neither planting nor are we watering.

Reflect

God is calling us today. It is our job to share the gospel and build our communities. What can you do to evangelize the lost? If nothing readily comes to mind, you can always pray for people, but when you are prompted to act, follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Father God, thank You for having mercy on me. I realize that You want to give mercy to the rest of the world, and that You have chosen me to tell them about You. Continue to give me courage and wisdom to do so that this country and our communities can be saved in Jesus’ Name.

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