And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not.
– Jonah 3:10
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
“Although God changed His mind, there was nothing complex about His frame of mind. He simply went from expressing His anger to calming His anger, and then decided not to bring the catastrophe upon the city of Nineveh. The reason why God’s decision—to spare the Ninevites from the catastrophe—was so swift is that God observed the heart of every person of Nineveh. He saw what they held in the depths of their hearts: their sincere confession and repentance for their sins, their sincere belief in Him, their deep sense of how their wicked acts had enraged His disposition, and the resulting fear of Jehovah God’s impending punishment. At the same time, Jehovah God also heard the prayers from the depths of their hearts entreating Him to cease His anger against them so that they might avoid this catastrophe. When God observed all these facts, little by little His anger disappeared. Regardless of how great His anger had previously been, when He saw the sincere repentance in the depths of these people’s hearts His heart was touched by this, and so He could not bear to bring the catastrophe upon them, and He ceased to be angry at them. Instead He continued to extend His mercy and tolerance toward them and continued to guide and supply them.” God’s change of attitude toward man was due to a change in man’s attitude toward Him. It is the last days now, God is waiting for us to truly repent. As it is recorded in the: “holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Although the Lord was crucified and has redeemed us mankind from sin, still we are defiled all over, living in the condition of committing sins and confessing sins. In this way, how can we receive God’s salvation and enter the kingdom? God is holy, He only allows holy men to enter into God’s kingdom. So, now only if we cease to do evil and commit sins like the people of Nineveh, and act in accordance with God’s requirements and sincerely repent to God, can we and survive. More articles about getting rid of sin, please click.