Digging Deeper – August 3, 2018
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
“And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
Jonah 4:11 NASB
ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: COMPASSION
A doctor, an architect, and a lawyer were arguing over who had the oldest profession. The doctor said, “Well the first operation was performed on Adam, so the medical profession is the oldest.” “No,” said the architect, “Architectural planning and design was needed to create the earth and the universe out of chaos, so I represent the oldest profession.” “Where do you think the chaos came from?” asked the lawyer.
God described the great city of Nineveh as people “who cannot tell their right hand from their left.” Jonah did not see the people the way God saw the people. God often describes people who don’t know Him as spiritually blind and confused. On the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Matthew 9:36-38 teaches us that when Jesus, “saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”
There are plenty of people all around us who are spiritually blind and confused. We first should pray that God help us to see them the way that He sees them. Then we should pray for laborers to go and minister to those around us who need a relationship with Him. Finally, we should ask God how He wants to use us.