But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he became angry. 2 So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live!” (Jonah 4:1-3)
Jonah preached a message of repentance to the people of Nineveh but it was not out of love for the people. Infact, he wanted Gods judgement to fall upon them.
When God’s impending judgement did not come because the people of Nineveh repented, Jonah was angry.
Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry ( Jonah 4: 9)
If we are angry against God, He will ask us the same question He asked Jonah: Is it right for you to be angry? And the answer must always be “No, Lord. All Your ways are right even if I don’t understand them.”
Why does the LORD ask us questions?
God likes to ask us questions, because they reveal our heart.
And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?” (Jonah 4:11)
If God can have mercy on a city in which there are 120,000 people then God will surely have mercy on Mumbai and Navi-Mumbai when we preach the message of repentance through Jesus Christ.