The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel wither; the bloom of Lebanon withers. The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
A century after Nineveh repented under Jonah’s reluctant preaching, they were back at their wicked ways. God would not let his people suffer any longer under their cruel reign. While Jonah tells the story of God holding back his judgment; in Nahum God lets it fly. 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.
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 1842.
Nahum teaches us this: 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!!!!!
- We know that God has worked in history. Ask God to help you see his sovereign hand at work today.
- Ask God to give you teaching moments to show your children that he is at work today.
Father, in the trials of our day remind us of the eternal victory guaranteed through Jesus. Thank you for always being on our side! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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