By: Pastor Heidi Kratz
The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
In Kids’ Church we have just finished studying the books of the Prophets in the Old Testament. The prophets are divided into 2 parts: Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. The book of Jonah is one of the Minor Prophets. A prophet is one who is called by God and speaks for him. In the Old Testament prophets were sent in times of crisis when the children of Israel were in trouble. In the “What’s in the Bible” series they talk about prophets being like an alarm clock for God’s people. What is the purpose of an alarm clock? To wake us up so we don’t miss something important. Prophets had a difficult job to do. They had to give a message to God’s people when they were wandering and going their own way.
Jonah’s call was to “go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it”. Jonah knew that God’s call was going to be difficult so what did he do? He ran away and ended up inside a fish praying desperately for God to help him. I would also be in “distress” (Jonah 2:2) if I was inside a fish for 3 days and nights.
In Chapter 3 the Lord called Jonah again. “Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it”. This time Jonah obeyed.
What are you called to do? If you are a disciple of Jesus we are called to live a life of sacrifice. It is not an easy path at times, but we can put our trust in God to help us in our calling.
“But I, with a song of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you.” Jonah 2:9