A prophecy concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and dries it up; he makes all the rivers run dry. Bashan and Carmel wither and the blossoms of Lebanon fade. The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world and all who live in it. Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness. Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time. They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble. From you, Nineveh, has one come forth who plots evil against the Lord and devises wicked plans. - Nahum 1:1-11

Nahum is a prophet of Judah, God's people. His name means comfort and comfort is exactly what these words brought to Judah. This text in the bible is a message from God to the people of Nineveh, who have long tormented Judah. The terrible things they have done would be unbelievable in today's world. But God has now turned his wrath onto them. He can no longer let them continue in their evil. He had previously sent Jonah to lead the people of Nineveh to repentance but unfortunately their repentance did not last. Now he reveals to Nineveh he will come against them and destroy their kingdom.

Our God is a faithful God. He promised to protect His people and He will not fail. Our God is "slow to anger and great in power (v.3)" but He is also "a jealous and avenging God (v.2)." He will justly avenge His people. Any promise He has made or plan He has, God will always come through.

When we read these verses, the power of our God should amaze us. Our God is capable of overcoming the greatest kingdom or stronghold we could ever imagine or see. The amount of power He has is actually terrifying. But we find comfort knowing this God who avenges the people of Judah, is the same God who looks at you every morning with excitement and joy. He is the same God you can speak with every day and the God who loves you with the greatest love that will ever exist.

God your power is the greatest in existence. You have destroyed great kingdoms. You are rivaled by no one. Thank you that your power is also the power that is for me. That you look at the forces against me with the same vengeance you had for Nineveh. You have promised to overcome them and you are faithful to your promises always. Lead me to know your power more and the freedom I live in under your power.

- John Meyne