But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. – Jon. 4:1 (KJV)
For many years, self achievement becomes the main indicator of success, at least for me. I struggle much to gain success. Spiritually, i keep to train myself in spiritual maturity. At the end, i am aware that true success is more than that.
The repentance of Nineveh was resulted from the ministry of Jonah. The repentance failed God’s anger to happen. Unfortunately it displeased Jonah. He was really angry. For him, the real success was to watch the overthrow of Nineveh. To see other falling down pleased him. Unlike him, the true success for God is to hear the repentance.
We are urged to muse over the real success. It’s not only about ours, but also theirs. Our success should involve other to join. Sometimes our success proudly stands on other’s failure. Conversely, our friends’ failure and destruction now become our failure. If we are willing to raise them up, participate in their failure, the love of God will shine upon them through us.
Prayer : God of love, teach us to take part in our friends’ failure, not to be pleased of their destruction. Help us to raise success to the people. Amen.
Intercessory prayer: unemployed and bankrupt person
Main theme: God urges us to participate in other’s failure, rather than to be pleased with that.