The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it.
A century after Nineveh repented under Jonah’s reluctant preaching, they were back at it. Since they were characterized by idolatry, violence, and arrogance, God would not let His people suffer any longer under the Ninevites’ cruel rule. While Jonah tells the story of God holding back His judgment, in Nahum God lets it loose. Nineveh was proud of its wall standing between 80 and 100 feet high and its moat 150 feet wide and 60 feet deep. But against God, human defenses are useless.
According to His plan, God raised up the Babylonians to conquer Nineveh. In fact, God arranged for the Tigris River to overflow and destroy a part of the wall so the Babylonians could get through. Under the Babylonian king, Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar, Assyria was wiped off the map. After their destruction in 612 BC, the site was not rediscovered until AD 1842.
Nahum teaches us that God is on our side. Trust Him. Challenges will come. Illness may knock the props from underneath us. Relationships may break our hearts. Death of loved ones will bring overpowering waves of grief. But God is always preparing for our deliverance. For the believer, the best is always yet to come. In the end, WE WIN!
Father, in the trials of my day, remind me of the eternal victory guaranteed through Jesus. Thank You for always being on my side! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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