Nahum 1:1-13. This was one of my devotions I wrote the about 3 years ago. Nahum wrote to the people of Judah and predicted the coming of the judgment on Nineveh, the capital of Syria. After Jonah, the city was again warned of their sinfulness. The Lord is a jealous God and slow to anger. Yet His power is great and never lets the guilt go unpunished (1:2-3). God’s Word applies to individuals as well as to nations. God rules over the world and all of its nations and also wants a close relationship with all individuals. One key word of the Old Testament could be forgiveness. He offered forgiveness to Israel and many other nations and individuals. He continues to seek us to confess and He will forgive us and allow us many chances we do not deserve. Some things never change. Like 3 years ago, the United States is still in a downward morals spiral. Protests motivated by hatred, violence, prejudice, shootings and anti-God. God and His name have been removed from schools, governments and businesses. Nahum brings hope for Judah in the past and for the United States today. God comes when there is trouble and knows who trusts in Him. He also brings an overwhelming flood over His enemies. Our country needs to find refuge in Him.
During this week, pray for this country and its leaders. Start with the President (no matter who he is!) and down to the Supreme Court, Congress, local politicians, school officials and teachers. Pray for them at least one day a week during your prayer time. Make a list by name for reference. As a stretch, read all of the three chapters of Nahum and see what happens to Nineveh.