God is on Your Side | Nahum 1:3-5
Nahum 1:3-5 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. Characterized by idolatry, violence, and arrogance, God would not let His people suffer any longer under their cruel rule. 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.
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 1842 AD.
Nahum teaches us this: God is on your side. Trust Him. Challenges will come. Illness may knock the props from underneath us. Relationships may break our heart. 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 our day, remind us of the eternal victory guaranteed through Jesus. Thank You for always being on our side! In Jesus’ name. Amen.