Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Rivers Run Dry

3 The LORD is slow to anger and 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.
4 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.

7 The LORD is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him.
Nahum 1:3-4 & 7, English Standard Version

Rivers Run Dry

The passage shown above is part of a declaration of judgment against the city of Nineveh. Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah, who also declared judgment against this city. At that time Nineveh repented and the city was spared. In the end, however, the prophecy by Jonah was fulfilled as Nahum, too, declares this treatise of judgment.

We are often reluctant to attribute natural catastrophes to the hand of the Lord. But, we are told repeatedly in the Bible that God brings about natural catastrophes as a form of judgment against the wicked.

I noticed three things in the verses shown above. First, the Lord is slow to anger; second, He will not leave the guilty unpunished; and third, the Lord is a refuge in the time of trouble. What do we learn by this?

Because the Lord is slow to anger, when He does bring judgment upon a land or people, it is well deserved. God, the Creator, has power over all of the earth. He even rebukes the sea and dries it up, and he makes all the rivers run dry!

Do we really want a righteous and holy God who turns His eyes away from seeing the wickedness that abounds on this earth? Are we content when governments take it upon themselves to ignore God's Word and make laws that allow things that are forbidden by God? What happens then? Chaos!

Where does this leave the Christian? Even in the middle of Nahum's judgemental rebuke, he reminds us that the Christian need not fear.

The LORD is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him

As you go about the duties of this day, be reminded that nothing is hidden from God. As you see wickedness spewing its ugly head all around you, know that God will bring judgment upon wickedness and make all things right; he will make the rivers run dry. Pray for the strength to live untainted in the middle of this evil, and turn your eyes upon Jesus!

God Bless You,

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