There is another watchman, Jonah, who nearly missed his moment of privileged participation. He saw darkness, he heard the cries, he understood the need and he ran. The Word tells us he ran from sin-filled Nineveh and he ran from God’s summoning presence. Running from God headed him right towards death – for everyone involved. Even the world understood this sobering outcome (Jonah 1). I’m so grateful this time it only led Jonah to the mouth of a chosen, huge and hungry whale that listened to the Master. Praise to the watching God who understood and knew Jonah would only be satisfied, complete and safe when He remained in the presence of the one covenant–keeping God. Jonah had not yet learned that his participation as a watchman is merely to yield to the will and way of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit of Father and Son does the work – every time!
God believed it necessary to share with us a bit more of Jonah’s story. It took a body-shaking trauma for Jonah to come to senses. ‘While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple’…Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land (Jonah 2:7; 10). Even then Jonah’s heart was not yet one with the merciful heart of God. When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry” (Jonah 3:10; 4:1).
Jonah has taught me an unforgettable truth. God’s watchfulness is never just about me. His love-filled. perfectly good intent for me far surpasses anything I could ever imagine. He chooses to include me to invite the world to Him. Astounding, incredible!
Oh dear beloved Father, fill me, anoint me by Your Holy Spirit to watch with a heart like yours; pure, faithful, holy love.