Who can stand before His indignation?
Who can endure the burning of His anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire
And the rocks are broken up by Him.
The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
– Nahum 1:6-7 NASB
During the course of these daily devotions to Jesus Christ, our focus has included almost all of the twelve minor prophets of the Old Testament. Of the two yet to cover, today’s focus is on the prophet Nahum. Like all the other prophets, he speaks of the time that the Lord will retake dominion over the creation that rebelled against Him – the time that is called “the day of the Lord.”
When Nahum’s contemporaries heard him say that “the Lord is good,” they had many reasons to agree. God had created the heavens and earth. He had given them crops to harvest from the seeds they had planted. And He gave them Moses and the wonderful laws that guided their nation. Yet who among them – Nahum included – could have foreseen the life of Jesus of Nazareth? Jesus practically redefined “good” by the way He lived. He healed the sick, He made the blind to see and the deaf to hear, He made the lame to walk, He forgave sins, and on and on. There is no life in human history which comes anywhere near to the life of goodness that Jesus lived. Nahum’s words – “the Lord is good” – meant one thing in the centuries before Christ, but they meant something much greater once Jesus walked the earth.
God’s indignation, anger, and wrath are consequences of our sins. He takes no delight in the negative consequences our sins bring about. On the contrary, He seeks ways to deliver us from these consequences. He makes Himself a refuge for us in the midst of trouble, but we can only reach Him through repentance.
God calls us to repentance because it is the means to saving us from the consequences of our sins. When we repent, we stop sinning…and thus God’s purposes are achieved. Jesus is “a stronghold in the day of trouble.”
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for the salvation (deliverance) You have designed for us. You have called us to live lives that mimic Yours. That is, You want us to love others more than ourselves. Show me how to make others more important than myself today…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.