Today’s Tasting: Nahum
Nahum is a prophet who, like Jonah, is telling of the coming destruction of Nineveh, the Assyrian capital in 612 BC. The Assyrian’s were ruthless in the acquisition of power and had conquered many nations. In Jonah, the Ninevites had headed the warning Jonah brought and turned from their evil ways. In Nahum however, they had returned to their old ways of corruption and ruthlessness, despising the God of Israel. This angered God so he sent Nahum to tell them of their pending destruction and of the joy their enemies would celebrate at their fall.
The prophecy of Nahum reminds me that all things come according to God’s timing. The Assyrians has been tormenting the peoples and nations of the time – including the Israelites – for a while. I’m sure that to those who were faithful to God, it seemed like he had forgotten them and abandoned them to the tyranny that was Assyria. I can only imagine how hopeless they must have felt.
Can you remember a time when you felt hopeless?
Maybe you felt like God had abandoned you too?
The Israelites are an excellent example of the fact that God never abandons us…even when we turn away from Him. No matter how many times they rejected Him, He never turned his back on them…and He will never turn His back on us either.
Does this mean things will always be easy and the road smooth? Probably not. However, it does mean that we can find peace in troubled times by remembering that God will never turn away from us and that in His perfect timing he will make things right.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 2 Kings 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35
Hugs & Blessings,