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02/10/2012

Removing the shade

Jonah's mission had been accomplished, the people of Nineveh had repented, and God had forgiven them. But Jonah was still hanging around to see what God would do next. He wasn't going to do anything much himself because he hadn't finished sulking and he knew that God is "gracious and abounding in love". And anyway, he was a prophet and he had done what prophets are supposed to do. Jonah, though a prophet of repute, clearly hadn't heard God's heartbeat – that of compassion for a lost and needy world.

So can we miss hearing the heart of God even though we are moving in faith and love, rising up to give generously when the need is there?

King's Church is large and flourishing and good to be in. But it is possible to be part of an active church without being particularly active yourself. People are always needed to serve in the life of the church, so have you considered how you can be involved? As we pray and seek God about the church and how much we can serve and give financially to the extension of the building, we need also to be open to hearing God's heart about where else he wants us to be active. Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill are approximately the size of Nineveh and God reminds us through this passage that this is a 'city' with needs that he is also concerned about, and wants to meet through the likes of us.

Or of course you could go back to sitting in the shade and just watching what God is going to do next. But be warned! As Jonah found, God has a tendency to remove the shade and disturb our comfort zone when we least expect it!

Reading: Jonah 4
Question: Are you listening for God's heart for our 'city'?
Next prayer meetings: Today, 12.30pm at THC, and tomorrow, 7.30pm at THC

David Simpkins

Posted by David Simpkins
08:31


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