READ ABOUT IT: Nahum 1-3
TALK ABOUT IT:
Years before the prophet Nahum, God sent Jonah to warn the people at Ninevah to change their ways or suffer the wrath of God. The Ninevites changed...but the change did not last. Some hundred years later, they were again attacking the people of Judah. This time, God sent His prophet Nahum. And this time, God's message was not a warning to repent; it was a warning of the punishment coming to Ninevah. God was going to pay back Ninevah and the Assyrians for the way they had mistreated His people.
While it was terrible news for the wicked people of Ninevah, it was wonderful news for the people of Judah: at last, they would be freed from their oppressors.
The Assyrians had long been enemies of both Judah and Israel. They were unbelievably cruel to God's people. God's promise to punish the Assyrian's capital city of Ninevah was not only a warning to them, but it was also a comfort to His people.
THE BIG PICTURE:
The book of Nahum teaches us to trust God. He will fight for those who belong to Him. Jesus offers us the same hope--He will save those who trust in Him.
God, the prophets reminded the people when they needed to be closer to You. Remind us that You are good, and our stronghold in the day of distress (Nahum 1:7). Amen.
This week's devotion is from the Big Picture Interactive Bible (879).