|“For the soul of a person to be inflamed with passion for the living God, that person’s mind must first be informed about the character and will of God. There can be nothing in the heart that is not first in the mind. Though it is possible to have theology in the head without its piercing the soul, it cannot pierce the soul without first being grasped by the mind.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left.” Jonah 4:11
You can easily come to the conclusion that your enemies are the enemies of God, especially if you are a child of God resting in His favor. Israel made this mistake as she watched Assyria, whose capitol was Nineveh, develop into a powerful threat. God promised Nineveh that “in forty days you will be destroyed.”229 Nineveh was the enemy of Israel, therefore Nineveh is the enemy of God.
God did not agree; there were many in that great city He wanted saved. Jonah suspected that this was God’s mind on the matter. Although he was told to preach that God would destroy the city, he suspected that if they repented, God would change His mind and spare them. That is one of the reasons he fled to Tarshish. Besides, how could he return to Israel and explain to his people that he was God’s instrument in saving their enemy? Jonah was so convinced that he was right in this matter that he became angry with God.
Never hold convictions so strongly that God embarrasses you. Although He cannot deny Himself, He does not feel obligated to conform to your understanding of Himself and His ways. In all probability God will use groups and movements whose theology you hold suspect. Do not “run from them” by ascribing the work God does through them to the flesh or the devil. By calling those that God uses His enemy, you can easily end as Jonah, wishing you could oppose the work of God.
229 Jonah 3:4
2 Chronicles 13-14 John 12:1-26 (New King James Version)
2 Chronicles 13-14
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