As a famous evangelist was driving through a small, southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. The man admitted his guilt but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court. In court, the judge asked, “Guilty or not guilty?” The minister pleaded guilty, and the judge replied, “That’ll be $10–a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.”
Suddenly, the judge recognized the famous minister. “You have violated the law,” the judge said. “The fine must be paid, but I am going to pay it for you.” He took a $10 bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took the minister out and bought him a steak dinner. That is how God treats repentant sinners!
God is gracious, compassionate, and slow to anger. He gave the people of Nineveh a second chance, and Jonah was angry that God used him to do it. The book ends there. Did Jonah get it? Do you get it? What are you doing to live out your calling? What will you change in your life because of His grace?