It’s Faithfulness Friday again! Today we’re highlighting Nahum, chapter one.
Nineveh, the capitol city of the Assyrian nation, turned from its sinful ways approximately one hundred years earlier when Jonah prophesied their destruction if they didn’t repent. You probably know the story well from The Book of Jonah. The people of Nineveh were spared from doom because they listened to the warnings of Jonah and turned from their wicked ways.
Through the years, Nineveh became wicked again, and Nahum is here to prophesy their judgment. This time, though, God is finished with warnings. Assyrian doom is imminent. We don’t know much about the prophet Nahum, but his name means “comfort”.
How can a prophet of judgment against Nineveh be a comfort? Well, that depends which side you’re on.
The Israelites had been under Assyrian rule for quite some time, and God was releasing them from captivity through the fall of Nineveh. Now, there’s the comfort! God is faithful.
The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)
Isn’t it comforting to have our powerful God settling the score? Nahum speaks of more comfort still.
The Lord is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him. (Nahum 1:7)
As you read through chapter one of Nahum, how do you feel?
Belligerent against God?
Safe and secure?
Are you on God’s side? Or, are you on your own side?
Those who love the Lord and obey His Word find shelter with Him. Judgment comes because God loves. Not because He is vindictive, but because He is just.
What verses stood out to you specifically in Nahum chapter one – and how did you feel? I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 🙂
Because He lives~