“God May Yet Relent”: A Poetic Reflection on the Story of Jonah

“God May Yet Relent”
A Poetic Reflection on the Story of Jonah
4-6-13

Into the fish the prophet went,
Descending to the pit.
Spared now from a watery grave,
Jonah did not forget

To pray and thank the God who saved
Him when thrown overboard.
A fish appeared and Jonah saw
Salvation from the Lord.

The prophet knew the steadfast love
That Yahweh shows His own,
But did not want the Ninevites
To hear the gracious tone

Of preaching when the herald says
That God may yet relent,
If only you will cast away
Your idols and repent.

This God, the One who made the sea
And land and reigns above,
Is merciful and slow to wrath,
Abounding in His love.

But he will not endure always
The rebels or their cause.
What does it profit you to gain
This world? Eternal loss!

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