As human beings, we are still surprised. We can be surprised by positive things, like when a loved one or friend gives us a gift. We can be surprised in negative ways, like the fires, floods, and pandemic that 2020 has revealed.
I think Jonah would be surprised with how the situation of Nineveh unfolded. Jonah had the hard task of telling them about God’s judgement.
The result of Jonah preaching is something that can surprise many. The Ninevites took seriously the prophecy from God through Jonah. The King even announces that the whole city wear sackcloth to mourn for their sins and repent. Even the animals wear sackcloth!
“When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.” Jonah 3:10.
However, should we be surprised that God can work in mysterious ways? Should we be surprised that God can change the hardest hearts?
With God all things are possible (Matt 19:26.)
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27.