But the LORD replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” ~ Jonah 4:4 ~
Does the idea of God being merciful to someone who has hurt you make you angry? If so, then you’re like me, or… I’m like you and we’re like a lot of people. Jonah was also like this. He was so angry that God had shown mercy to the inhabitants of Nineveh that he wished for death. Yet, in the midst of this anger, God asks Jonah the very simple question, “Is it right for you to be angry?” and leaves it at that. As we move further and further into this season of Lent and look forward to Easter, maybe this is a good time to meditate on this question. Is it right for you to be angry? Lord… have mercy on us all.
Rob Schmidt, pastor of worship and arts