Nahum 1-2 B

“The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.” (1:7)

His wrath is coming to town. This prophesy of Nahum against Nineveh is serious business. The LORD’s fire purifies. He knows who His advisories are, and He knows what He must do.

I’m not sure why this is comforting to me, today. In this age of misinformation and conflicting views, it’s so hard to know who’s a friend and who’s a foe. We like black and white. We like good guys and bad guys. We like painting in large strokes. We like playing judge.

Thank God this isn’t our actual job. Praise Him for knowing, for being good, for being responsible for retribution.

It’s easy for me to get into my own head and forget which way is up. I must always crawl back to the feet of the LORD I know. He is good. His judgements are righteous. I need to remember to trust Him, leaving His job His job.

My job is faithful obedience. My job is to daily remember who He is and what He has done. My job is to pray as Jesus taught:

“Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (6:9-13‬)

The LORD handles judgment, I forgive as He forgives me. I remain dependent on Him. I don’t run around pronouncing judgement. I forgive. I stay humble and responsible for myself.

He is qualified in every way. I am unqualified. He knows the heart of every man. I can hardly baseline understand the men in my life.

Today I rejoice in His goodness and take refuge there.

-Bethany

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