“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him.”
The book of Nahum is thought to be a continuation of Jonah’s ministry in Nineveh. A common theme throughout the book is how God speaks to Nahum about the impending destruction of Nineveh, the oppressor of the people of Judah. As the book examines God’s judgement, his willingness to destroy a city over their sin, and God’s justice, the book in itself can also offer hope to believers. As the people of Judah took hope in Nahum’s preachings of God’s destruction of the sinful people of the city of Nineveh, modern day Christians can also take hope in God’s promises.
Have you ever felt like you were surrounded by darkness? Have you ever looked around and been overwhelmed with the sinful nature of the world? Do you ever feel discouraged in your walk with God due to the events going on in the world around you? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, know that you are not alone. The people of Judah felt the same, and God’s promises to his people then still ring true today. The prophet Nahum reminds us in the verse above that God is at work in the darkest of times. He was and still is a safe place for us, a refuge when we feel overwhelmed by the evilness of the world around us. The Lord God cares for his people who trust in him.
However, if you read the text above and find yourself relating more closely to the people of Nineveh, caught up in sin and wickedness that deliberately disobeys God, know that there is still hope for you. Similarly to Jonah and Nahum’s message to the people of Nineveh, God is willing to show you mercy and deliver you from condemnation if you only repent and turn from the sin that overwhelms you. It is never too late to turn to God and cry out for his forgiveness. He will invite you to take refuge in Him, if you only you will believe and trust in him.
God is good. He is the ultimate protector and refuge. He is a God of justice, and he will continue to take care of you as long as you trust in him.
Help me to trust in you. Keep me safe in your refuge from the wicked sinful world around me. God please continue to show us your mercy each day.
In Jesus’ Name,