Have you ever read something in the Bible and though “Huh. I didn’t know that was there. I needed that!”? Well, that’s what happened to me last night in our church’s prayer meeting. I was flipping through my Bible and came to the book of Nahum. Only three chapters long, I really don’t know if I’ve ever actually read it. I didn’t have anything highlighted or underlined, so if I have read it…nothing stuck in my brain. Just as a little background note- Nahum means “comfort” or “consolation”. These passages were quite a comfort for me last night.
“The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. “(Nahum 1:1-7)
I love it. I love it! So precious! Is that not a comfort to your soul? To the unbeliever, these are scary verses to think about: “the Lord revengeth, and is furious”, “He reserveth wrath for His enemies”. But the next verse says “the Lord is slow to anger and great in power”. It’s not a contradiction of itself. The Lord is furious and has wrath for the unrighteousness, His enemies. Who are His enemies? Wicked people. People who are not covered in Christ’s righteousness. How do we get covered in Christ’s righteousness? By His blood only. Only through Christ’s perfect life and innocent death can we stand before God’s perfect law and wrath. Verses five and six say “the moutains quake at Him and the hills melt”, “who can stand before His indignation; and who can abide in the fierceness of His anger?”.But verse seven….oh wonderful verse seven! “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” Praise the Lord! The Lord is good and is the perfect refuge. But only for those who trust in Him. And He knows who that is. He chose who those people are. You cannot fool God. You cannot live by your own good works. That is not good enough for God. No one can keep His law perfectly. But Christ did. You have to rest on that. You have to rest on Christ. You have to trust in Him, and the Lord will be a strong hold in the day of trouble. Because He sees Christ’s white, perfect robes, instead of your filthy ones of works-righteousness.
Rest on Christ. Trust in Him. And He will be the perfect comfort to your soul. Isn’t that a blessing?