Archive for August 24th, 2017

Chapter one is set in Nineveh (a city in the Assyrian Empire) and reminds of who God is, what He can do and His majesty.  It is a comfort, because it reminds us of how powerful God is. For the people of Nineveh, it was a warning of what was to come if they continued to live as they had been – as things so often go, they didn’t pay attention to the warnings of Nahum and the was burned down in 625 BC.

Many of the verses in the first chapter put the fear of the Lord into me but it’s comforting to know that He’s on my side. I “take my refuge and trust in Him” rather than live as one of “his adversaries”.

Many of these verses read like a Psalm of praise, highlighting God’s character and nature whilst warning what can happen if you don’t listen or acknowledge Him as your saviour and protector, instead trusting in a world which will ultimately fail.

The ‘jealous’ nature of God isn’t used in the same way as ‘coveting’ but demonstrates that God loves His people and will pursue them, protect, cover and, save them.  He is forgiving (slow to anger) and protects His children – he paid the ultimate price on the cross when He died for our sins and failings meaning “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus”, (Romans 8:1) who put their faith in Him and call Him Lord.

The judgement on Nineveh, lasting two chapters, shows that no matter how wealthy, popular or how powerful you are, God is higher than you.  He’ll show you for who you are.  He’ll show His enemies for who they truly are, reducing them to nothing so they have nothing to boast about.

I don’t want to end on God’s judgement but to reflect on Nahum 1:7 [Amplified Bible] – “The Lord is good, a strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him”. – This verse reminds us that there may be times of trouble but He understands what we’re going through, can see it, is with us in it but He is good, a strength and a stronghold, a safe place, we can go to and receive comfort while the storm passes.














Thank you Lord that you are an amazing God, the God who created all things.  Thank you that you are for me and that I can take refuge in you.  Please remind me that I can come to you in my troubles and know that you are with me through the storm.  Amen.

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