ISO Lost Gourd

“Then said the LORD, Do you do well to be angry?” Jonah 4:4

“And the LORD God prepared a gourd and made it to come up over Jonah that it might be a shadow over his head to deliver him from his evil. So Jonah was exceeding glad for the gourd.” Jonah 4:6

Spoiler Alert:
In the end, Jonah lost his gourd.

I have been meditating on Jonah over the past several days. There’s just so much good stuff in those short four chapters.

Jonah was on an emotional roller coaster ride — experiencing deep despair to exceeding gladness — exceeding gladness over a plant, mind you. A plant that was of benefit to him while it was around.

Do I do well to be angry?

That question is for me.

Am I so enamored with my gourd that I lose sight of the big picture?

When my comfort is removed, do I shake my fist at God?

Do I do well to be angry…

When he removes something I like?

When I don’t get my way?

When he blesses another?

In other words,

When I cannot see (and approve) His plan?

When I refuse to trust His sovereignty?

Am I so angry at losing someTHING –

that I forget someONE is still there, asking…

Do you do well to be angry?

Yes. Jonah lost his gourd.

But God never left.

How it must grieve God

when we place great value on something

other.

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