Here is the Bible Project’s overview of Nahum.
“”Behold, I am against you,” declares the LORD of hosts; “And I will lift up your skirts over your face, And show to the nations your nakedness And to the kingdoms your disgrace.” (3:5)
Think of all the major empires who have ruled the world. They all probably felt invincible, at some point. Strongest military might, striking fear into the hearts of their enemies. No one ever reaches this status through charm and good graces, and this was especially the case for Assyria:
“Horsemen charging, Swords flashing, spears gleaming, Many slain, a mass of corpses, And countless dead bodies- They stumble over the dead bodies!” (3:3)
God will not tolerate this forever. Do not mistake the patience of God for indifference. He is wise, He is just, He has a plan. Here we are in 2017, with Wikipedia listing 49 major empires in history who are no longer in charge.
Nothing is hopeless. Spring always follows winter. Everything has a cycle and a season. Just because you’re getting away with something now, doesn’t mean you always will.
Which brings us to Habakkuk.
While Nahum promises destruction to Nineveh, Habakkuk promises the rise of Babylon.
“Are You not from everlasting, O LORD, my God, my Holy One? We will not die. You, O LORD, have appointed them to judge; And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.” (1:12)
World history can feel like an endless parade of atrocities, but God is still enthroned. His King and kingdom is coming and it’s altogether different.
In the meantime, we are to REST and TRUST. These things seem bonkers, but as the Bible Project video points out: the Righteous live by FAITH. Our hope isn’t coming in the form of a man-made peace in the Middle East model. God is more thorough than that. More powerful and He has already begun to do this.
The Babylon of each generation may shift and change, but it will always come tumbling down. Only Christ is a solid rock on which to stand. Only He knows who will rise next as Western powers tumble.
Even America, for all its military might and recent historical influence, could now be described as “having its skirt pulled up over its head”. Our trust cannot be in America. We are citizens of the Kindgom of our LORD and of His Christ. He shall reign forever and ever. Amen!
Enjoy this Easter weekend and glory in this:
“A stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. Then the iron (Roman Empire), the clay, the bronze (Greek Empire), the silver (Persian Empire) and the gold (Babylonian Empire) were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue (The Kingdom of our LORD and of His Christ) became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.” (Daniel 2:34-35)