The history of the human race in relationship with God can be summed up as follows:
Get on track.
Slowly get off track.
Face the consequences.
Repeat over and over again.
God's people didn't always stay on track. Sometimes they got stuck breaking certain rules God gave them to follow. It was during those times God sent special messengers, called Prophets, to warn the people to get their act together.
One time, with Jonah, they listened. Usually they didn't. Fortunately, God's grace is limitless. Also, prophets didn't always come to share bad news. Sometimes they came to give hope. Sometimes they said that something or someone was coming.
"Clear the Lord’s way in the desert!
Make a level highway in the wilderness for our God!
4 Every valley will be raised up,
and every mountain and hill will be flattened.
Uneven ground will become level,
and rough terrain a valley plain.
5 The Lord’s glory will appear,
and all humanity will see it together;
the Lord’s mouth has commanded it."
-Isaiah 40:3-5 CEB
How are you preparing the way of the Lord?
Holy and loving God,
As you give us the call, may we be open vessels to that Good News.