The book of Jonah is a powerful illustration of God’s pursuit of prodigal people. Because of His love for the prodigal people of Ninevah, He wants to give them one more opportunity to repent before he brings destruction upon them. He chooses Jonah to be His messenger of grace. Jonah says no. Because of His love for this prodigal prophet, God doesn’t just let him run away. The story of Jonah is a message to God’s people across history: No matter how far you run (like Jonah or the Ninevites), God will be there waiting for you.