Reading: Nahum Chapter 2
By Melody Keena
Over a century before Nahum wrote this Jonah had brought God’s message of repentance to the people of Nineveh. They knew the truth and their temporary repentance had stayed God’s hand of judgement. It was not long though until they turned back to their wicked ways and again ruthlessly attacked and ravaged other countries around them. Now God the just judge brings His judgement upon them. What were they doing as this judgement came on them?
They were trusting in their own strength. They marshalled their army and prepared to defend their city. How often we too get caught in that trap. We think we can fix things ourselves and control the situation. We try to battle Satan and the spiritual forces of evil alone.
Psalm 18:2 (AMP) 2 The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.
They put their faith in the things they had. They thought that their weapons and city wall would protect them. In a sense they worshiped the created things instead of the creator. When we put anything or anyone before God and put our faith in them that is idolatry. God is a jealous God and He will withdraw His protection and peace from you if you place your faith elsewhere. He is not taking part time applications, He wants all of you or nothing. Your choice.
Psalm 44:5-8 (NIV2011) 5 Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. 6 I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies, you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever.
Psalm 56:3-4 (NIV2011) 3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
They cried out to the invaders to stop. They thought they could talk their way out of the mess they were in. They sought help from other people instead of turning to God. How often do we try to push our problems on others, either by blaming them for our mistakes or asking them to enable us to try and fix it ourselves? God is just waiting for us to come to Him and ask Him for help, to seek forgiveness, to comfort us. God will not go where He is not welcome or fight for us if we don’t invite Him.
Psalm 34:15-19 (AMP) 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their distress andtroubles. 18 The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed with sorrow for sin and are humbly and thoroughly penitent. 19 Many evils confront the [consistently] righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
The result of the “do it myself” attitude they had was their “hearts melted, their knees gave way, their bodies trembled, their face grew pale”. They lost everything and were carried away as slaves (if they survived). That is exactly what happens to us when “I” is on the throne of our lives then sin (I in the middle) takes us captive and drags us away to die. It does not have to be that way. Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and invites us to accept His free gift of forgiveness. He wants to be our strength, our protection and do battle for us. It is our choice. Here is a song to encourage you to let Him be your all.
JESUS PAID IT ALL - KRISTIAN STANFILL