God is good! Early this morning God gave me this message, “God is your livelihood.” Often times we stress and are angry at God because we hate how life is going because it’s not in our “plan”. God understands that this anger stems from us hating ourselves and our circumstances. Jonah and the plant (Jonah 4) is a big example of this.
“This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord ? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord ! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant. But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed. Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?” “Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!” Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”” (Jonah 4:1-11 NLT)
Jonah was upset with God for doing the right thing, and aren’t we always like this? We see others being blessed and we are angry, not seeing what God has provided for us. God saved Jonah from the belly of the big fish, led him to do His will and speak the gospel to sinners and warn them of His plans, yet because of God’s forgiveness towards them Jonah was angry because he felt God ruined his “plans” and made Jonah feel like others would believe what he prophecied was wrong. Jonah didn’t look at the blessing, and often time we don’t either. The people of Nineveh were saved because of God’s mercy. They repented, dressed in mourning clothing, and fasted, praying to God. The Lord forgave them as He forgives you. Never be angry at God’s plans, even if you feel like others don’t deserve forgiveness because Jesus died for all of us to be forgiven just as God gave mercy to the people of Nineveh. Remember that God is perfect, His plans are never wrong even when they don’t line up with yours. Your plans aren’t perfect but God’s is. So trust Him. He brothers and sisters is your Livelihood, not others, your job, your banking account, ONLY GOD.
God bless you all and thank you Lord for this word. ❤️
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