07 May Acts 10:34-36
34 Opening his mouth, Peter said:
“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all) —
Think about old Jonah and the choices he made when called to God’s service. Jonah received the word of the Lord. What a profound experience this must have been as the presence and the power of God flooded the place and the spirit of Jonah. This reaffirmed his call as a man of God, even a prophet and should be viewed as a special honor, to be taken seriously. We are called by God, not only to be His child, but to serve Him faithfully with our gifts and talents. Yet, too often, we succumb to our stubborn will, rather that go where we are sent and show God first time obedience. Think of what we do when we make our relationship with God a contest of wills between us and almighty God. I believe that Jonah’s problem was one of exclusivity. He believed God was only for the Hebrews. Jonah knew how wicked the Ninevites were; it just wasn’t his problem. Worse than that is the fact that Jonah did not want God to be merciful to those people. Plus, he didn’t want to be part of the salvation of people he hated and were his enemies. Jonah needed a major change of heart which was going to bring a drastic situation.