family devotion

nahum

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. 


WHY?

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. 


TODAY'S PRAYER: 

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).

A Note for Parents

Children are a gift from the Lord. The psalmist writes, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him" (Psalm 127:3). If you read this entire psalm, it speaks of the blessings God provides--home, security, food, and children. In particular, children are referred to as a heritage--gifts not possessions. And entrusted with these gifts, parents become stewards. 


What an awesome responsibility to nurture--to feed, nourish, sustain, maintain, cherish, and provide for these gifts from God. As parents provide for their material needs, it is essential that we also take into consideration their spiritual needs. It is indeed the work of the Holy Spirit to plant faith in the hearts of our children and to cause that faith to grow. But it is also an awesome privilege to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit, to hear the splash of baptismal water, and to trust in God's loving care and direction for our children as they grow. 


This note today is taken from the Arch Book Baby Jesus Visits the Temple by Alice Earnheart Maas.

Weekly DEVOTIONS

Each week, CYPRESS CHAPEL will provide you with a devotion to center additional thoughts around the lesson that was offered on Sunday.  You may want to return to some of these devotions throughout the year, or even share them with friends. 


Why are family devotions important? In recent years the responsibility to raise a child in the faith has been placed on the church (staff, programs, events); today we are seeing a steady decline in regular church membership as a result of this trend. The hope of CYPRESS CHAPEL is that parents and kids are able to openly talk about their faith with each other.