Wow. Did anyone else realize Wednesday comes every seven days? Hm. Who knew? Today, we look at the book of Nahum. If you haven’t read it, take a quick look before you read on. It’s only about two pages long. A verse is sure to jump out at you, because this is God’s Word, after all. Drop down to the comments and tell us all about it, then we’ll talk about Habakkuk next week!
Nahum 1:7–The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
Boy, after the week the South has had, don’t you know we need to hear this one? I confess that, when I look at the devastation just a couple of hours south of us, it’s hard to see where God is in it. But the thing is, we don’t have to see Him to know He is there. He promises to be there, and God is not a man that He should lie.
We’ll never be able to explain why this happened, but God will be a refuge in it. It sounds so trite, but I know that God brings peace in the midst of the worst situations. I know because I’ve experienced that peace. Horrible, terrible things we don’t even want to think about happen on this earth, but God will give us peace if we turn to Him and let Him.
And one more thing that is not related to this verse but that is related to the situation. It’s okay to get mad at Him. And it’s okay to tell Him you’re mad, you don’t understand, you want answers. He may not give the answers, but He is a big God and understands the emotions and the questions. Thing is, if you’re mad and don’t tell Him, He already knows. Think about what happens when you get angry at your spouse or a friend and you don’t talk it out. It festers and makes resentment that interferes with the relationship. I had a hard time learning that lesson, but now I know I can go to God and say, “I really don’t like that you let that happen” and He understands. Many is the time I’ve gone to him angry and questioning, and He’s wrapped me in His arms and let me rage until I was ready to be comforted. That’s the beauty of God. He’s never going to let us out of that embrace.