word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time. (Jonah 3:1)
didn’t like the assignment God gave him. God directed him to leave his homeland
and go to the enemy city of Nineveh, a hostile and evil center of idol worship.
There Jonah was to warn the people of God’s impending judgment and urge them to
repent. The Hebrews hated the people of Nineveh, so the rebellious prophet fled
in the opposite direction, hoping for a different word from God that was more
to his liking. Instead, God was determined that his word to Jonah would be
obeyed (Isa. 55:11). He spoke to Jonah again. His second message was the same
as the first. However, during the interval, Jonah had been buffeted by storms and
had traveled in the stomach of a fish for three days. This time, he was
prepared to hear God again and do His bidding.
also spoke to the prophet Jeremiah two times (Jer. 33:1–3). But Jeremiah
accepted God’s word to him the first time. The second time God spoke to him was
to give him a fuller revelation of what He had first told him.
God says to us next will depend on how we responded to His previous word to us.
If, like Jonah, we disobeyed His earlier instructions, God will give them a
second time. If we obeyed His first directive, as Jeremiah did, He will give us
a fresh and deeper expression of His will (Matt. 25:23).
you have not received a fresh word from God, return to the last thing God told
you and examine your obedience. Is the Lord still waiting for your obedience?
Seek to be like Jeremiah, and properly respond to your Lord’s instructions the