But Jonah ran away from the Lord.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. … “Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. … They kept on in their willful ways. I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort. … This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their own land.”
While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. … The father said to his servants, … “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. … You will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! … But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. … A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. … Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Most of this verse compilation, originally in the King James’ Version, is from: Anne Graham Lotz. Daily Light for Life’s Moments. In: Daily Light for Every Day. J. Countryman. Nashville, TN. 1998.
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