“The Lord is jealous….”
“The Lord takes vengeance…”
“The mountains quake before him…”
“The earth trembles at his presence…”
“His wrath is poured out like fire…”
“the rocks are shattered before him.”
Okay, I get it. God is very powerful and ignoring Him could lead to serious trouble!
This is how Nahum lays it out for the folks in Nineveh: God is not happy with you and He has the power to do you in.
But then this beauty of a verse comes right after it, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him…”
But right after that Nahum is right back warning the Ninevites: “but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.” Nahum 1.
After reading verses like that, how can I take God lightly? He is surely all-powerful. Earth is His creation. He makes it work and He can make it “unwork.”
I was drawn to God as a pre-teen out of fear. I was afraid of what would happen to me if I died. I was unsure that God would have me with Him in the after-life. I took action. I believed I was a sinner deserving separation from Him in the after-life. I believed that Jesus died to erase my sins and their consequences so that on Judgment Day I would be seen as sinless and worthy of heaven.
Now as a believer, when I read about the things God can do, I am no longer fearful, I am in awe. He is indeed great and powerful, and my life is His.
I spent some time mediating on the end part of verse seven: “He cares for those who trust in him.” The verse is edgy because when I’m not trusting Him I am limiting His willingness to care for me. What am I thinking!
I know folks who have rejected God. How are they going to face the consequence of what God does with those who don’t care to trust in Him?
The earlier Nahum verses are very clear on how powerful He is. There’s no mention of a “better luck next time.” It’s jealous, vengeance, and wrath poured out. There is no soft landing for those who choose to distrust God.
I must realize that He “cares” for me. It doesn’t say that I will escape danger and pain. The promise is that He will care for me, in His Way, as I trust Him to do it. That’s good enough for me!
Conclusion: God promises to care for me if I trust Him to do it.