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The Hot Head

  • Then Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made himself a booth, and sat under it in the shade, until he might see what would become of the city. Yahweh God prepared a vine, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to deliver him from his discomfort. So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the vine. But God prepared a worm at dawn the next day, and it chewed on the vine, so that it withered. When the sun arose, God prepared a sultry east wind; and the sun beat on Jonah's head, so that he fainted, and requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is better for me to die than to live." Jonah 4:5-8 WEB.

    A mighty prophet of God a few days before, Jonah now sat in the blazing heat and wished that he was dead. He actually prayed to die. Jonah had been through a long journey to get to Nineveh and even spent a couple of nights in a custom-made fish hotel. Now, Jonah was so angry that God had spared the city he had prophesied the destruction of that he sulked in anger.

    Jonah could have been glad that over 120,000 people had repented at his preaching, and they had turned to the Lord in prayer and fasting. His preaching had sparked one of the greatest revivals of all time, but Jonah was not happy about it.

    Jonah was unconcerned about the death of 120,000 others. What concerned Jonah the most was the blazing sun on his head, and the plant which had been providing shade for him had died. Jonah was upset over a small plant's death but was angry at God for showing mercy and sparing an entire city.

    Every parent knows that their children need to be disciplined at some point, for when left to themselves, they rarely turn out well. And when discipline becomes necessary, it is the parent's job to provide it. So God provided everything Jonah needed to have the right outlook on the situation.

    While Jonah sat there and pouted, God provided blazing heat from the sun and a scorching east wind to blow on the prophet's head. Then a plant grew up to give him cool shade. But the next day, the Lord provided a worm to eat the plant so that it died. After all of this and Jonah's ensuing temper tantrum, the Lord spoke to Jonah once again. Would God bring an attitude adjustment like that? Apparently so, and without ever being seen.

    Our Heavenly Father will also provide everything we require to maintain a proper attitude. Sometimes that involves withholding something we think that we need. Or something else comes along we don't think we need.

    God loves you and wants you to grow and fulfill the plans He has for you. Therefore, He will not leave you to grow like a weed (Hebrews 12:6) but will provide whatever it takes along the way to fulfill your destiny. He loves us and only desires the best for our lives, but when you submit your life to Him, He can be relentless in bringing that to pass.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your perfect will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those following the Creation Photography weekly challenges, group leader, Dianna Wyles: Ezekiel 1:28 "Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking." ~ 'Rainbow Radiance' or 'Light up a New Year' will be our fun-filled theme choices this week. Our themes are open wide for creative interpretation so have fun and post anything that inspires you. My photos focus on rainbow beauty and the birds that lit up my New Year. I am eager to see what lights up your world this New Year. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!! Be safe. Stay Blessed. Have Fun. God Bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your perfect will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Jan 3
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen 

Jan 3
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

 

Jan 3
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Praise God,  this is a lesson for me today,  Amen 

Jan 3
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father , I THANK YOU for all blessings. Thank You. Amen

Jan 3
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Christ Yeshua's name I pray this, Amen. 

Jan 3
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jan 3
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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eckedited: Jan 3

 Amen, give me the strenght and courage to follow your life lessons for me Father, Amen!

 

Jan 3
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! I need this Father.

Heavenly Father, I thank You today. Let me learn lessons quickly and not be stubborn and unchanging. May Your perfect will be done in my life. Please give me the grace to accept change and help me keep a positive attitude today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Jan 3
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Help me keep a positive attitude thru difficult circumstances, and help me keep my eyes upon You Jesus. 

Jan 3
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 3
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father 

Jan 3
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jan 3
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 3
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Oh Lord, so help me, Amen and Amen!!!

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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

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Janet Sorensen
Janet Sorensenedited: Jan 4

Physical discomfort, if you let it, can make you miserable, slam your priorities into place, mess them up again, bring you to your knees, tempt you to wallow in self-pity, and make you want to fight, scream and cry at the same time. God can use it for your good -- but the devil can also use it and will happily do so if you're not vigilant. Our minds, souls and bodies are so connected right now. I like what God did when Elijah begged for his own death.

"He asked that he might die: 'It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.' Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, 'Get up and eat.' He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, 'Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.'"

As has been famously noted: Never underestimate the power of a snack and a nap.

Jan 4
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

He will not leave you to grow like a weed (Hebrews 12:6) This is a powerful thought, Pastor Dion! Thank you!

Jan 4
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jan 4