“Nineveh is a tub from which they’ve pulled the plug. Cries go up, ‘Do something! Do something!’ but its too late. Nineveh’s soon empty – nothing.” ~ Nahum 2:8, The Message
Warning! This is going to be a sobering message, but try as I might, I could not get away from it. So here goes…
Nineveh was once a beautiful, prosperous city. The scriptures refer to her as being like a pool of water – brimming with people as a pool would brim with fish. Intricate waterways fed the pool, keeping it bountiful with life and blessing. But Nineveh gave way to idolatry, lies, treachery and injustice.
And Nineveh came face to face with a Holy God.
So has America.
Nahum 1:2,3(NLT) reads, “The Lord is a jealous God, filled with vengeance and rage. He takes revenge on all who oppose Him and continues to rage against His enemies! The Lord is slow to get angry, but His power is great, and He never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays His power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath His feet.”
This verse makes me cringe. My heart feels sorrow, my mind feels disgust as I think of what is happening to our beloved America, one nation, under God. You remember… America, in God we trust.
Where has she gone? How could the enemy blind our eyes with his veil of deceit so easily? So completely? I want to shake my fists in frustration and anger at those who would sweep Christ from our land. There is a part of me that fears the coming wrath of God – because it is coming – but, that part is the empty place where I haven’t given Him Lordship, where I haven’t trusted fully. Do you know what I mean? I am a child of the Most High God. He holds me in the palm of His hand, He shelters me from the storm and hides me in the day of trouble.
But how easily I forget.
The commentary for Nahum in my New Living Translation makes this statement, “God rules over all the earth, even over those who do not acknowledge Him. He sets the boundaries of the nations, and those nations that transgress His laws are doomed to destruction.” That, I think, is a bit frightening. But listen to the good news. “For all of this, however, a message of hope shines through. God is good. He is slow to get angry, and He offers good tidings of blessings to those who obey Him.”
“The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him.” ~ Nahum 1:7, NLT
Praise Him! He is close to His children. His Presence is with us guarding, sustaining and comforting us. When all the world around us is crumbling, we can hold fast to the One True God, maker of heaven and earth.
Father, Have mercy on us. Forgive us for making a mockery of Your Holiness. Lord, it breaks my heart! How can it be that the land of the free is no longer free to worship You and acknowledge Your Presence in our land? It angers me Lord. It frustrates me and, at the same time, it frightens me. I know Your wrath is justified. Indeed, it is long overdue, but because of Your mercy, we have not been consumed. I know the day of reckoning is coming. Hide us under the shadow of Your wing. Remember Your children and keep us safe. Provide for us, Lord and give us peace. We pray for America. Open our eyes that we might see! Show us what to do, Lord. It seems to be too big. It seems impossible to turn this great ship around. Use us for Your glory. Let us be a Light in the darkness. Give us courage to stand for righteousness for Your Name’s sake. We love You, Lord. Thank You for Your Presence.
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