“Then God said to Jonah, ‘Do you have good reason to be angry about the plant?’ And he said, ‘I have good reason to be angry, even to death’” (Jonah 4:9).

Jonah has the audacity to say, essentially, “God, you are wrong and I am right.” Such is the attitude of many during times of discomfort and adversity; acting out in a spirit of defiant and arrogant entitlement. Unpleasant circumstances and life’s hardships, however, are never a license for disobedience and doing as one pleases. Like Jonah, instead of lashing out, we are better off listening up.

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