Â Â The book of Nahum is not a popular Old Testament book and the author is not one of the Major Prophets because the book is very short in lengthâ€”only three (3) chapters. However, there is a powerful message that can build our confidence in the character and power of God. Nahum predicts and describes Nineveh’s fall. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, the most powerful empire during ancient times. The Assyrians were cruel and ruthless enemies of God’s people. But Nahum said:
“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.” -Nahum 1:3
Few people can stare into the face of such raw power as that of the Assyrian empire and come away unimpressed. Nahum did so only because he had seen a far greater powerâ€”the power of a God whose wrath could shatter rocks. If God was angry, how could Nineveh stand? Nahum’s absolute confidence in God is underlined throughout his book. Nahum soundsÂ intimidating, almost lordly. He spoke with confidence because he knew God’s character.
Like Nahum, there’s a sense of boldness and unintimidating confidence when you know a far greater powerâ€”the power of a God that spoke the Universe into existence, which we marvel at to this day. Yet, this same powerful God is a loving Father who delights in caring for us and obligates Himself to protect and provide for His people…those who trust and obey Him as their Lord and Savior.
Those who are confident in God’s power and love are not intimidated by others who parade themselves as equal in power to the only true and living God of the Universe. So, like Nahum, we can speak with confidence because we know God’s character.
Too often we fret over the guiltyâ€”those who take advantage of othersâ€”exploitation, extortion, and oppression. Too often we give up and retreat disheartened by the pain caused when the guilty go free. Too often we compromise our values and succumb to the influences of those guilty of promoting evil and unrighteousness.Â Too often we live our lives dependent upon a democratic governing system plagued by politics and secret agendas designed to oppress and manipulate the very people who â€œsupposedlyâ€ live in a democracy. Â It is unfortunate when a society suffers the consequences of placing all its confidence in the â€œpowers that beâ€ rather than the â€œGreater Power that is and will always beâ€ (Almighty God). Â
While the people of the land are suffering the consequences of poor decisions and division among those they trusted to do justly in their behalf, many are praying for Godâ€™s intervention. While praying, do not fret neither be afraid.Â Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Just as Nahum was confident in the demands of Godâ€™s justice we must be patient. During times of unrest, opposition and oppression, it sometimes appears that Godâ€™s justice is on hold, being delayed because He does not care.Â But God does care; He is in sovereign control of the natural world (Nahum 1:4-6, 8) and all nations (1:3, 6-10, 15).Â
Here is the good news for all who have accepted Jesus Christ: God is faithful, patient and merciful toward all people, and He will fulfill His promise to always be with us and never forsake us to try and handle lifeâ€™s challenges on our own.Â Evil will eventually be defeated and peace will reign forever! However, until we enjoy the day of peace once evil is no more, we must rest in the comfort of His Presence, continue in the confidence of power and let the gift of His peace rule in our heart and minds to keep us secure in knowing we are His inheritance.Â He will reward us for our faithfulness and trust in His righteous judgment and sovereignty.
Will you maintain bold confidence in God’s justice and sovereignty, so that you’ll not give up regardless of what’s happening in the nation and world?