November 12, 2023
Pastor Ricky Smith
I. God’s Will & Jonah’s Resentment
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.
II. Jonah’s Reasoning & God’s Character
And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.
Grace is never fair until you are the one in need of some.
III. Jonah’s Request & God’s Correction
Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”
- I confess my sin and turn to Jesus as King for the first time.
- I confess to questioning God’s justice in relation to His mercy.
- I commit to show grace to others.
- Read Proverbs 19:3. Describe times when you have been angry at God.
- Why do we justify anger and negative emotions?
- How can we learn to show mercy and grace to those who hurt us?
- Is anger and justice to others every right or justified?
- Do we risk playing God if we administer judgment to another person?
- When should we show mercy to others, even if they are wrong?