The God Who Relents

“Que Sera, Sera.
Whatever will be will be.
The future’s not ours to see.
Que Sera, Sera.”

There is a brass plaque in the Church of St. Nicholas, in England  that says “Que Sera, Sera,” The plaque dated 1559  seems strangely to be an English saying translated into Spanish meaning: “What will be, will be.” This somewhat depressing, fatalistic worldview was a song that made it to No. 2 on the pop music charts in 1956 when Doris Day recorded a song by that same name for the Alfred Hitchcock movie: The Man Who Knew Too Much.

In chapter 4 of Jonah, the prophet reveals that he was “a man who knew too much” about God. He knew all too well that God might forgive the enemy city of Nineveh if they were given a chance to repent. He knew that God was merciful and compassionate and so he tried to change God’s mind, or at least thwart God’s plans. Can that be done? Can God change his mind? Can we influence God’s plans and change history? Or is it true, that whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see?

Come and encounter Christ as we begin chapter 4 in the book of Jonah this Sunday as Pastor Brad preaches on:

The God Who Relents

Jonah 3:10-4:4

 

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