I was reading an interesting study of Jonah by James Stuart Bell, and it really made me question what I attach to obedience in my walk. Also, what God has to say to the reluctant servant, which is a role I find myself in from time to time.
When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry.
-- Jonah 3:10-4:1
“Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord?’ Jonah complained. “That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to anger and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people”
God replied, “Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness not to mention all the animals.
Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”
-- Jonah 4:2,11
Though you can choose to faithfully obey God, you don’t often get to choose what he’ll do with your acts of obedience, You will be more happy and peaceful when you simply do what God tells you to do and leave the results to him.