Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Nahum
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7
Nahum is an interesting and often ignored Old Testament Minor Prophet (Minor, as opposed to Major – Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah – are not ‘minor’ in importance, but simply because they are generally shorter), and his short Book is usually not read in context with the actual story that it describes. In other words, most people – most Christians – have no idea what Nahum is basically about. Here it is in a nutshell: Approximately 150 years before the events of Nahum occurred we have the story of Jonah. Both books are about the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh.
Here’s the difference: When Jonah preached to them, every single person in the city (well over 120,000 people) repented and came to faith. But within 150 years (about the time from today back to the American Civil War) the city had fallen back into spiritual disarray, and were planning on attacking the northern kingdom of Israel. The Book of Nahum is a sad Book because it predicts the complete annihilation of the city, which did occur in 612 BC when King Nebuchadnezzar of the Chaldeans (who later took the southern kingdom of Judah into captivity) came in and destroyed the city.
The Book of Nahum was written to tell whatever Ninevites would listen as to what will happen to their city, but Nahum was mainly written to Israel to encourage them to trust in a sovereign and omnipotent God. This particular verse – Nahum 1:7 – “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him” was a beautiful reminder to the dispersed northern kingdom and the soon to be captured southern kingdom. Despite the discipline that they have to receive from the Lord for their disobedience, the Lord is still good/benevolent, and for those who trust God – depend on the Lord rather than depending on their own strength, wealth and wisdom – they will find refuge from their enemies (often spiritual more than natural) because the Lord God Almighty cares – loves – them.
And of course, this is true for you and I as 21st-century believers. If we trust the Lord (and we can only trust Him when we have come to faith in Him through His amazing mercy and grace) and not depend on the false gods of this world – and especially not trust in our good works to make us right or favorable before the Lord – then we will find refuge – spiritual safety – assurance – peace – confidence – because the Lord is our strong tower (Proverbs 18:10; Psalm 61:3); a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1); our dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27); He is our anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:19); and the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.
Who are you trusting? Who can you count on? We all need friends and family that we can depend on, but ultimately they will let us down because they are fallible. But our Lord God will never let us down – He is infallible – He is faithful. As the Psalmist says so poetically in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the Name of the Lord our God”. Gotta love it!