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No matter what

Jonah 4:2-3 (NLT) So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

The people of Tarshish actually listened to Jonah and repented of their sins and God was compassionate toward them and felt sorry for them (v11).

Ezekiel also was told… Then go to your people in exile and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says!’ Do this whether they listen to you or not.” Ezekiel 3:11 (NLT)

Sometimes they listened and other times not. But Jonah was so fixated on the outcome and his own reputation that He got angry.

When God gives us a message it’s easy to get caught up in people’s opinions and responses, but at the end of the day obedience to God is all that really matters.

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT)

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