Sometimes the cattle on the farm by our house are quiet.
On other occasions, they are so vocal that I wonder what is going on.
Being a person who is fascinated by the animals that God has created, I rather enjoy the "moos" that I hear from time to time.
It doesn’t bother me a bit.
Even though they do not belong to me, I am glad they live nearby and I care about their well being.
In the Old Testament book of Jonah, God shows His great concern for those who live in a great city—Ninevah.
God sent Jonah to preach to the people.
When Jonah brought God’s warning to them, they repented.
What was Jonah’s response?
It would seem that he was truly angry that the people had turned from their evil ways and believed God.
This was God’s response to Jonah:
But the LORD replied, “Have you any right to be angry?”
Jonah went out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. Then the LORD God provided a vine and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the vine. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the vine so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?”
“I do,” he said. “I am angry enough to die.”
But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”–Jonah 4:4-10
God cared about the people in Ninevah.
I think God also cared about the cattle.
All life is important to Him.
He didn’t leave those who could not "tell their right hand from their left" to perish in their sin without giving them an opportunity to repent.
God cares about the cows that live beside me.
He cares about the people in my neighborhood.
He cares about the people I work with, week after week.
Since God cares about them, shouldn’t I?