Read Jonah 4:9-11 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: Would you want to be on a soccer team with someone who didn’t like soccer or care whether or not the team wins?
Parent Note: No, we generally want to be on teams with people who want to be there and who will work just as hard as we do to win. God knew Jonah’s attitude toward the people of Nineveh, so why did He choose him for this mission? As much as this mission was to show the people of Nineveh that they were acting wickedly, it also had a lesson to teach Jonah about his attitude and about God’s love and mercy.
Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:
Dear God, thank You for teaching Jonah a lesson.
Thank You that we can learn the lesson of obedience, too.
Help us all to obey You.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.