People matter to God. All kinds of people matter to God – including people that we may be reluctant to love. In this message, we are going to see how God in remarkable ways worked through even a reluctant prophet to unexplainably and powerfully transform a city. Sadly, the prophet found no joy in it. Jonah hated the people in the city God loved. Jonah’s legacy is enigmatic at best and maddening at worst. Our desire is to take warning and learn what we can from Jonah’s hesitant faith and curious rebellion, because like Jonah, we are vulnerable to putting our preferences ahead of God’s desire. In the end, God’s mercy prevails.
Pastor Tim Haugen