God wants the people of Nineveh to turn to him or He is going to destroy them. So He calls Jonah to deliver a message.
But Jonah, well aware of how horrendously violent the Assyrians are, doesn’t want to go. he gets on a boat that is sailing in the opposite direction from Nineveh.
God will not let Jonah run from his task. God send a storm and causes trouble for the boat. The crew of the boat and Jonah eventually figure out that Jonah’s disobedience is what has angered God, to cause the storm.
When Jonah is thrown overboard, the storm ceases, and God sends a large fish to swallow Jonah. God will not His Prophet drown. After a three day, of thinking about it in the fishes belly, a repentant Jonah is ready to go.on His quest to Nineveh. Not only that he heads straight there. He preaches God’s message and the people of Nineveh wonderfully repent. God withholds His judgement.
But you think Jonah would be happy task was completed, but he is angry. Jonah believed that the people of Nineveh should have been punished, but his complaint was that he knew God would be merciful, if the people repented. Sulking, Jonah journeys to a place east of the city, and wait to see what will happen.
It is there we can all learn an object lesson about God’s goodness. That none should perish, but it is a choice, any ‘Whosoever’ can make in John 3 verse 16: