He still asks us to carry out His work

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Jonah had run away from God but was given a second chance to participate in God’s work. You may feel as though you are disqualified from serving God because of past mistakes. But serving God is not an earned position. No one qualifies for God’s service, but [God] He still asks us to carry out His work. You may yet have another chance. (NLT)

Jonah 1:1-3; 3:1-10 – The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh! Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the Lord. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the Lord.

Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message of judgment I have given you.”

This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all. On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they decided to go without food and wear sackcloth to show their sorrow.

When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of ashes. Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city: “No one, not even the animals, may eat or drink anything at all. Everyone is required to wear sackcloth and pray earnestly to God. Everyone must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will have pity on us and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.”

When God saw that they had put a stop to their evil ways, he had mercy on them and didn’t carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Quoted verse: When God saw what [the Ninevites] did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. – Jonah 3:10 (NIV)

“Story” – Diana Savage (Washington, USA) titled her story “TURNING AROUND;” here is a portion of Diana’s story:

“I used to think wrong turns in my life choices were irreversible. Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to change my initial decisions. I thought that God dealt with us the same way. But scripture reveals that God not only allows second chances but urges us to correct our unwise choices even if it takes some time.

“. . . Anytime we need to change direction, God stands ready to help us. If we encounter hindrances in turning around, all we need to do is ask for divine assistance. It is never too late to say yes to the Lord’s commands.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I need to change direction, God is there to help.

Prayer: Forgiving God, help us to overcome any obstacles that prevent us from heading in the right direction. Amen.

Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR SECOND CHANCES

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