Jonah was told by God to go to Ninevah. He finally did after he spend three days and three nights in the belly of a fish. He did exactly what God told him to do, and the people repented. Jonah’s response was anger!
God took care of Jonah by having a gourd to grow up overnight and to be a shelter for Jonah. The next day God had it die. Jonah’s response was again anger. God answers Jonah’s anger with these words, “Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” (Jonah 4:11)
We have a tendency to respond like Jonah. We want “my choice,” “my rights,” “what I like.” Our personal focus is on ourselves and not on others. God did not put us on earth to satisfy ourselves. He put us here so that He can use us to minister to others. We cannot accomplish God’s will for our lives, if we keep looking at ourselves. We will find that we are easily hurt, easily frustrated if our focus continues to on ourselves.
So I encourage you to take your attention off of yourself and look to God. Allow Him to work through you so that you can be used by God to help others, even the precious ones “who do not know the difference between their right and left hand.”