Then God saw their actions — that they had turned from their evil ways — so God relented from the disaster He had threatened to do to them. And He did not do it. But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious.
The application of God’s grace and His eternal forgiveness, at times, seems almost unfair or unjust. These people deserved wrath and condemnation. They deserved the death that they had dished out on others, especially the evil dished out on the innocent. Yet, God in His mercy always responds to true repentance with true forgiveness and grace. It is often offensive. It is fully within His prerogative to do so.
Thanks be to God the Merciful Judge for we could not even stand up and be offended by this grace shown to others if we were not ourselves daily receiving it. Our anger at God’s grace only convicts us of our own evil, selfish hearts.
Give us strength and humility to celebrate your gracious, forgiving favor Lord.