If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Chronicles 2, 1 John 2, Nahum 1, Luke 17. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Nahum 1.
Although God was merciful to Ninevah when he sent Jonah to preach to them, their repentance was not permanent. Nahum was chosen by the Lord to prophesy again concerning the great capital city of Assyria. He began his prophecy by talking about God. God is not passive when it comes to sin and his enemies; rather, he is “a jealous and avenging God” who “takes vengeance and is filled with wrath” (v. 2). He is not, however, hasty or quick-tempered; verse 3 said, “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.” The rest of verses 3-6 describe God’s power over nature and how he sometimes uses that power in judgment (v. 6).
However, God is not about anger exclusively, or even primarily. For anyone “who trusts in him” (v. 7b), he “is good, a refuge in times of trouble” (v. 7a). This was a particularly good word (v. 15a) for God’s people; they had been dominated by the Assyrians and evacuated from their land. This was God’s discipline for their own idolatry and sin but, in faithfulness to his covenant, he promised again to restore them to their land. “Celebrate your festivals, Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.”
This is the kind of reminder we need when we feel outnumbered and intimidated by wickedness around us. God is patient now with the world but he will bring justice in his time. It is also important to remember that he will save his enemies if they trust in him (v. 7b).
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.