God told Jonah he was sent,
To tell Nineveh—that wicked city,
That on them He would have pity,
If they would repent.
Jonah got on board a ship,
And thought God couldn’t find him.
But God knew exactly where he was,
And sent a storm behind him.
Jonah knew what God said to do,
But he refused; he didn’t want to.
His rebellion caused a storm,
And caused the sailors much alarm.
The storm was bad, the waves were high;
All the sailors said, “Oh my!
Wake up, Jonah, tell us why,
You have angered God Most High!”
Jonah said, “Throw me in the sea,
And then my God will deal with me;
Then the waves will soon be calm,
For God holds the oceans in His palm.”
Because Jonah didn’t mind,
In a bad place he did find.
That he was in stinky muck;
In a dark place, he was stuck–
Was swallowed by a giant fish,
And had to sit in slimy squish.
He threw up to God an earnest wish,
To be free and see again.
God repeated His command,
To go into Nineveh land,
And tell them they had 40 days,
To stop their very wicked ways.
This time Jonah chose to go,
He’d learned to listen to God and know,
That God loves all the people He did make,
Even if their lives are fake.
So Jonah told them God did wait,
For them to decide their fate.
They did believe and God had pity,
And He did not destroy their city.
Jonah could have died from being disobedient, but God’s mercy spared him. In John 8:51, Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, that whoever obeys My word will never see death.” (NIV)
Have you ever been like Jonah, and not obeyed at first? What happened? Did you decide to ask forgiveness and obey later, and have things go better for you?