Thursday, May 17, 2012

Famous Last Words

How many times have you been in a conversation with someone that ended with you being angry? I'm sure it has happened to all of us.

Let me ask this: How many times have you been in a conversation with GOD that ended with you being angry?  Can you imagine that the whole world, for generations to come, would know of your angry discourse? And that it was the last recorded accounting of your words?

Well, that was Jonah.  We probably all know the story of Jonah in the belly of a whale for three days.  We know he was sent by God to the city of Ninevah to deliver God's message for repentance. Reluctantly, Jonah finally obeys. But his heart was rebellious and he was angry.

The LORD God Almighty asks Jonah if he has the right to be angry.

The last recorded words of Jonah are his reply:
It is right for me to be angry, even to death! ~ Jonah 4:9
There is only one more line of Scripture in the Book of Jonah.  It was God Who got the last Word in! 

I've often wondered what became of Jonah after that discourse with God. I do know that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21).  So, unless he repented, he sealed his fate.  He probably died an angry and bitter man.

Be angry and do not sin;
                    do not let the sun go down on your wrath. ~ Eph. 4:26

    Especially, if you are angry with God!

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Martha Herden said...

"Do not let the Sun go down on your Wrath!" WOW-this one hit home as I have spoken a version of this verse to several close friends-especially young couples getting ready to marry!

I tell them "Never go to bed Angry-if you have to stay up all night-for GOD'S sake, Talk your Issues Out!"

They will look at me as if I have lost my mind-but then I see a thought process going on and a question is asked "So has this helped you in your marriage?"

YES-is my resounding answer! Then I also add words that my own Mom gave me the night before I was to stand before God and with Matt, making our vow to keep our Marriage together-forever.

Mom came flying in my room after we had returned home from the Rehearsal Dinner and said "Marriage is never 50/50-its sometimes 90/10 and you are the person holding the 90%-meaning during rough times, you are holding the marriage up, but you stick in there, never give up and never forget your Promise made to God!"

Then she flew out of my room and I will say-her words stuck! She was right-as so many years later, especially when our lives were turned upside down because of my fall from the tree- I could hear Moma's words-and felt her "heavenly assurance" as we both struggled through tough times.

We have never let anger stay between us-but if you were to ask Matt "Does Martha talk an issue out?"

He would say, "Yep, just figure on putting some strong Coffee on to brew and get ready to talk, talk, talk!!"

Thank you for this one Diane-you reminded me of precious Scripture and loving memories!

Love, Martha

Diane Ronzino said...

AAwww....I'm so glad, Martha! It's awesome that you had parents that spoke so much into your life. Thank you for sharing!!!

Pam said...

Martha, your story uplifts me on several levels. At my friend's shower that I just posted about, they had a book for people to sign with their "advice" for the couple. I didn't write anything...but later on I spoke similar words to my friend. Be willing to talk it listen and hear. I love what your mom told you about the 90/10. Applies to all our Godly relationships.

Diane, these words are so true. Somehow I do believe the Lord reached Jonah in the end...but he did have to suffer in the meantime... :)

Floyd said...

I think the fact that Jonah learned his lesson, and the most powerful part of that book is that he was the one who penned it. I love that about Jonah.

Talk about funny timing, I just penned a post yesterday that I compared myself with Jonah, kind of as a joke. But you get the idea. How many times have we all ran from the things that God was calling us to do?

Lolita said...

Jonah and Job are my Bible buddies. I compare myself with them so much. There were so many times I wrestled with God.

When I get uprooted from one place and replanted in another, I so grieve over the raw roots.... not because they were embedded deep but because I did not bloom in that soil. Now I creep again into a new ground hoping I will take roots and bud. When God plants me, His purpose is for me to witness for Him, to grow and be the life He wants me to share to others within that close proximity where I am planted. If I thrive, I will bloom and take roots..... I might be uprooted the next time, but my hope is that I will have reached out to others for Him.

I pray that I will not let Him down... and for being angry over things I disagree with God, all I have are regrets though.

This is precious D.

Betty said...

Oh your words brought conviction to my's so easy to be hard to be loving, kind, gentle in the face of disappointment.

I think too that it took a repentive man to pen a book God wanted to relate to all of us. Our flesh is so bent toward anger, one has to on purpose run toward forgiveness...always help with a little push from the Lord...three days in the belly of a whale would be a little push. I know I have spent more then three days in the belly of anger before I would repent...yep...think I can relate to Jonah too. Great post Diane.

Judi S. Coleman said...

Love it, and love all the comments!!! Thanks!

Diane Ronzino said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments. I do apologize for not blogging for a week. The unplanned break was needful.

I've missed you all!