God is a merciful God, and it is not His will for evil to come upon us. People who are unaware of this can be quick to blame Him for bad things; however, influences from the world, the devil, and our own flesh also affect what happens in our lives. God does not punish us with negative circumstances. This is illustrated with Jonah, with whom He showed great compassion. When God gave Jonah a mission Jonah disobeyed, initially ignored Him, and died while trying to run away; however, when Jonah changed his mind God showed him mercy. This still applies today, both on a personal as well as on a societal level. Experiencing God’s forgiveness and understanding His loving, compassionate nature completely changes our perception of Him.