And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,Jonah 3:11
Jonah was not the most ideal missionary candidate. He was stubborn, racist, ethnocentric, bitter, and lacking compassion. Yet he is the man God chose.
Jonah failed to obey when God’s word came to him the first time. He ran. He hid. He slept. He tried to die. Anything but obedience to the Lord and compassion for others.
Yet God had other plans for him. In Jonah chapter 3, we read, “And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time…” I find the phrase “the second time” amazing. After everything Jonah did to disregard God’s message and disobey God’s command, God still wanted to use him.
I wonder what command God has give to you in the past that you have failed to do. Let God’s second opportunity for Jonah be your second opportunity. Respond to God’s command. Preach the gospel. Be a missionary. Serve and give as God is leading you. Don’t put it off. Don’t delay. God still wants to use you!