Sometimes instead of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, as the Patriots did in the Super Bowl, we snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. The capacity to see God’s wondrous work as wondrous is a crucial spiritual trait. Jonah goes to Nineveh, offers a one sentence sermon in just one section of the great city—announcing doom in 40 days without even appealing for repentance. Yet this lackluster effort has amazing results—people begin to fast, they don sack cloth, they share the message so the entire city is involved, and then the King tells everyone to radically change their behavior and abandon their evil ways. Wow! Total social transformation, genuine spiritual renewal, public acknowledgement on a mass scale, of God’s power and authority! Every preacher’s dream, right? Not Jonah. He was very unhappy and saw all this as a bad, lamentable result.
Have you ever struggled when God acted, stealing defeat from the jaws of victory?
Is there anyone you know you don’t want to be blessed?
Why is this?
What does God think of your attitude?