Just came to mind, He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jonah was the sign to the Ninevites. Jonah was suffering for disobeying the Lord yet he made Jonah a sign to the Ninevites. God did this to Jonah cause he disobeyed the Lord and inspite made Jonah an example for the people of Ninevah to see that they also needed to repent of their sins. They did- and God had mercy on them like he did for Jonah.
Yet as believers we to have times were disobedience of the past may reward us with consequences in the present and God does not let us get away with doing what we should not even if it seems like it, because it eventually catches up and bites us in the rearend. If I may be so frank, this season of life I feel God has shown me is both personally results of disobedience in my life from even years ago but I feel like he has shown me, just as I still used Jonah to serve me after he humbled himself so you can use what happened to you to show others that they also need my mercy and forgiveness. And the great news is even when we mess things up, God may still use even our mistakes to point people to Himself.
Praise the Lord.
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing — grain offerings and drink offerings for the Lord your God.
Joel 2:13-14 –
Even if we are suffering today the after effects of choices of our past, God is very gracious and merciful when we turn back to him, humbling ourselves and owning up. Psalm 30:5 says “His anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime, weeping may remain for a night but joy comes in the morning”
There is none of us who can say we sinned too much to turn to Jesus for mercy, only the failure to humble oneself and entreat him is an unforgivable offense. Yet he shows us mercy and grace when we truly repent and turn to him!