He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.
Nahum 2:1 NKJV
Are you ready to defend your position? Ready to fight?
In this case, Nineveh was about to fight a losing battle against the Lord. Even after Jonah rebuked them and they repented, they eventually went back to their old ways.
What could they have done? Could their actions have “changed” God’s mind? No, but their decisions would be how they would have been spared.
Can you think of a time when your decision could have made a difference or did?