Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
Jonah hated the Ninevites and wanted the prophecy to be fulfilled. He was only warning them about being overthrown because God told him to deliver a message. He thought they had no fear of God and would disregard his message. But the king of Nineveh proclaimed that all people and all animals would not eat or drink, would be covered in sackcloth as a sign of repentance, and would stop all violence. God saw their sincerity and relented.
The Ninevites believed the truth about God, and they acted on it. How many of us in our busy little worlds hear an invitation to draw closer to God and decide that we don’t have time for God. The people of Nineveh tore up their To Do lists and made time for repentance. They believed Jonah’s message about God.
Are we acting on what we know about God? We can start today. Thanks for coming here to seek God with me.