So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
Doing what God says often involves time, distance, and patience.
Nineveh is a vast city and it would take three days to walk across it. Jonah only walked one day and began to proclaim the word of God.
I don’t see how the message was popular. The leadership was ruthless in their conquests of other nations. You might think someone like that would have no need of God, nor want to hear a message from Him.
Then again, perhaps they were looking for a way out – for an opportunity to change.
This is exactly what happened!
The people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then word came to the king of Nineveh; and he arose from his throne and laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat in ashes. Jonah 3:5-6
Jonah only traveled one day into a city the size of three days. Yet God’s message traveled the rest of the way and further – into the hearts of the people and all the way to the king.
Someone stuck in a rut of sin needs a friend to share the Gospel with them today.
You may think the prayer you say or the Bible verses you quote won’t do any good.
Give it time. Let it go the distance. Be patient.