Remember the story of Jonah—how God called him to walk through the wicked city of Nineveh crying out, “Repent!” Well, the people in the city heard him and did stop being selfish and ignoring God; but it seems that this didn’t last very long. They lost a sense of God and God’s love for them, and went back into their proud and evil ways.
In today’s reading the prophet Nahum tells what is going to happen to that city. The details are awful! God is compassionate, but God is also just. If people continue to ignore God’s call to live the way God wants, then terrible things can happen.
Even though all the words of Nahum are very strong about how God does not like evil, stay close to verse 7: “The Lord is good, a haven in a day of distress. He acknowledges those who take refuge in him.”
God lives inside you, so you don’t have to go very far to feel God’s loving embrace that protects you.
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