We don’t like to talk about God’s wrath much…
God’s Wrath. We don’t like to talk about God’s wrath much. …
God is Good. When we take refuge in God, we are safe because he is good. …
God Gives Peace to His People. The enemies of God do not and will not prevail. …
We don’t like to talk about God’s wrath much. We like to be reminded that God is love but God truly hates sin and is uncompromising about how he will deal with it.
The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
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.
God looks out for his people and will execute judgment on his enemies. His wrath is tempered with mercy, however. Remember that Jonah was sent to Ninevah to warn them. The people repented and God spared them while they remained penitent.
God is Good
When we take refuge in God, we are safe because he is good. He knows who belongs to him. We cannot pretend to belong to him because he knows and he won’t let us get away with pretense. Wrath and good co-exist in God because of his absolute and uncompromising righteousness.
The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
God Gives Peace to His People
The enemies of God do not and will not prevail. Perfect peace emerges when the enemy is totally destroyed. But even in the midst of trouble we can count on God’s promise and experience the peace and confidence that comes because of his faithfulness.
Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!
Keep your feasts, O Judah;
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
he is utterly cut off.
The LORD is slow to anger but 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.” — Nahum 1:3
Nahum 1:3 and the book of Nahum is all about the destruction that was about to befall the evil city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. The prophet described an angry God and utter desolation. The people of Nineveh were unusually wicked, and so they were singled out for an unusually harsh end.
Does Nineveh sound familiar?
It should. We’ve already heard about this city in the more well-known book of Jonah. About 150 years earlier, God was ready to destroy Nineveh because, already at that time, it was so evil that the city deserved to be demolished. But God sent the prophet Jonah to preach to Nineveh and the people repented. God accepted their repentance, and Nineveh was spared.
Now, many years later, Nineveh was worse than ever. Nahum described it as a place, “full of lies,
full of plunder, never without victims!” (Nahum 3:1).
He demonstrated the magnitude of their destructiveness: “piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses” (Nahum 3:3). Nineveh was evil personified.
This time around, however, God didn’t send a prophet to the doomed city because the people there were no longer capable of repentance. That’s how low they had fallen. Nineveh’s destruction was inevitable. The city had gone too far and crossed too many boundaries. The time for mercy was over, and the time for justice had begun.
Nahum tells us that God is “slow to anger.” Indeed, God is patient and waits for man to repent. But make no mistake about it: He doesn’t wait around forever. God isn’t like a wishy-washy parent who makes threats, but never follows through with action. As Nahum 1:3 reminds us, “The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.”
Though God desires repentance and prefers life over death, sometimes punishment is the only option. Justice will be served, and the guilty will reap the seeds that they themselves have sown.
Nahum 1:3 and the rest of the book isn’t sugar-coated. The prophet tells it truthfully, and he drives home one of the most important and fundamental lessons about life: There are consequences for our actions. We are fortunate enough that our God is patient, merciful, and forgiving. But that doesn’t mean that we can — and will — get away with our sins. In the end, the righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will be punished. This truth should dictate how we live our lives.
✍️🐌Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🐌✍️
Jehovah is slow to anger because He is great in power.
God takes no pleasure in the sinners death.
He has power over Himself,the power that binds omnipotence
The greatness of His power brings us mercy.
We should have humble faith and look Jesus.
We can say ,”My substitute, you are my rock and my trust”
We should not afraid of God’s power for by faith ,we have fled to Christ for refuge,the power of God no more terrify us
Let us rejoice that He who is great in power is our Father and Friend.
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Man the fort
Nahum was written many years after Jonah. It describes God’s plan of vengeance against Nineveh which had forgotten His mercy and turned back to evil.
Nineveh was the centre of the Assyrian empire that took Samaria-Israel and scattered its people into exil (2 Kings 17:23). Nineveh was a huge fortified city with a large moat and thick, high walls. The people thought it would never fall.
Sarcastically, Nahum calls them to prepare against the Lord’s vengeance; Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily. (Nahum 2:1).
Assyria who had scattered Israel, would soon be scattered for Jehovah, He who scatters, was coming to take vengeance! If Jonah was alive, he would probably have jumped with joy!!
The same God who scattered the enemy would restore the excellence of Israel.
Today, we who believe in the power of the Risen Lord and our blood bought adoption into God’s family, experience this excellence in every domain.
Let us stand in the gap. Let us man the fort, watch the road, strengthen our flanks. Let us pray without ceasing for this fallen world and for His saints’ power to be fortified. Stay blessed.