Jonah. The whole book is 4 chapters, with one minor little miracle... A man was swallowed by a fish, spit up on land and survived. And, for who knows how many readings, that has been the main focus of our attention. Well, just this once I would like to take a look at the King of Nineveh.
Jonah had just traveled the city and proclaimed that, in 40 days, Nineveh would be overthrown, and word of this reached the King in Jonah 3:6. The King was to decide how he would save his city and people. Believe it or not, leaders are leaders to protect their people, and the King of Nineveh was no different. After all, what would be the point of a King if his city was destroyed? The time for action was at hand.
Unfortunately, this prophet proclaiming the destruction did not say how this would happen. Was it to be an economic downturn? An invading army? Or, even worse, a disease about to sweep the land?. But look at the King's choice. He did not call the economists, nor did he call for a draft. He didn't even call for the doctors, physicians and scientist to be working on a cure for the plague... He instead called on God...
What a brave strategy for a leader. To actually humble yourself and call on God, rather than muscling your own strength together to try to save the day. People look to their leaders to see what course of action they will take at a moment of crisis. Just read Jonah 3:6-10 and look at the results when, instead of proud action, humble submission is shown. Give your situations to God, especially the tough ones; He can handle it much better than you. Have a good day.
For starters: I am nothing special, I love Jesus and He is my Lord. I am the husband of a godly woman. She is working with me to raise a godly child. I am a teacher. I love to read and write.