I’ve heard the story since before I could walk. Jonah disobeyed God and got swallowed by a big fish. But last week as I waded through the short pages of the book of Jonah, a deeper tragedy hit me.
God lavished His grace on Jonah. But Jonah couldn’t pour out that same grace on his own enemies. Instead he wanted God to smote them. He wanted revenge.
But God was grace.
I needed that reminder last week. I needed to remember. When left to me, the only thing I *deserve* is His judgment. Yet He so mercifully pursued me, even when I rejected Him. He so tenderly extends great grace in my life, day after day after day. How dare I not extend that same grace to those beside me.
To think I could have skimmed that familiar story and missed it. I could have flipped through the pages instead of allowing His alive Word to minister to my deceptive heart.
It’s so tempting to do. We come to a passage we’ve read before so we rush through. But even those familiar passages breathe with life. Even the story of Jonah contains a fresh word for my today.
How do you remain intentional in your Bible study even when reading those familiar passages?