And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.
4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
5 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.
6 For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
7 And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
8 But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
“And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time.” I am so happy we serve the God of second chances, even today! I am a perfect example of coming to God, and then being enticed by the glitter and gold of this world. But, praise God, He took the initiative to speak to me a second time, and by God’s grace, the second time has stuck!
God’s grace is not only for those of us who once walked by His side and then slipped away, it is for all people—everywhere! And on the day that Jonah walked into the palace of the King, it was “second chance” for the Ninevites. What an evangelist he must have been—the entire city of over one hundred thousand people responded to his message of repentance and salvation.
As Jonah preached by the power of the Holy Spirit, he shook the gates of hell and the people were moved upward to the God of heaven. If you allow Him access to your life today to be guided and led by Him, you will be amazed at the lives you will touch and change for eternity!
Better Life Broadcasting Network , President