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The LORD is good.
    He is a safe place to go to in times of trouble.
    He takes care of those who trust him.

The book of Nahum was written by the prophet Nahum during the times when Nineveh and the Assyrian empire were a threat to the people of God in Judah--who had experienced the "endless cruelty" of the Assyrians (Nahum 3:19). Nahum prophesied the end of Nineveh's supremacy and a time of comfort for the people of Judah. Nahum's message is a message for all God's people who are under threat from oppressive forces of evil of any and every kind.

Although God is able to show Himself as being strong and terrible against all those who are the enemies of His people (like the Assyrians), He is still good. He is merciful, kind, and good to those who are His own (like the Judeans). Indeed, it is because God is good that He rises up in anger in order to visit just retribution against all those who would oppress His people. Judges who mete out punishment to wrong-doers are not evil.

Because God is good, He knows how to treat His people and He knows how to treat those who oppress them. For His people, He is a "safe place to go in times of trouble." Just as the Judeans could turn to God for help and protection from the Assyrians, so we can turn to God for help and protection from those who would oppress us. Although we may not be able to protect ourselves, God is our rock and our fortress (Psalm 31:3), a fortified tower that we may run to and be safe (Proverbs 18:10). For His enemies, on the other hand, "he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness" (Nahum 1:8).

The God who protects us is also the God who takes care of us. If we place our trust in Him, if we are willing to wait on Him, then we can expect God to come through for us in desperate times. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).

If we place our trust in Him, then "Whatever they plot against the Lord he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time." (Nahum 1:9).

Bible in a Year
Old Testament Reading
2 Kings 9, 10, 11


2 Kings 9 -- Jehu Reigns in Israel; Murders of Joram, Ahaziah, Jezebel

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2 Kings 10 -- Ahab's Family Killed; Baal Worshipers killed; Jehoahaz succeeds Jehu

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2 Kings 11 -- Athaliah Queen of Judah

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New Testament Reading
John 5:1-24


John 5 -- The Pool of Bethesda; Testimony about Christ

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Reading Plan Courtesy of Christian Classics Etherial Library.
Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion
This is what the LORD says:
        “Don't let the wise boast in their wisdom,
        or the powerful boast in their power,
        or the rich boast in their riches.
        But those who wish to boast
        should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD
        who demonstrates unfailing love
        and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
        I, the LORD, have spoken!”
Insight
People tend to admire four qualities in others: human wisdom, power (strength), kindness, and riches. But God puts a higher priority on knowing him personally and living a life that reflects his justice and righteousness.
Challenge
What do you want people to admire most about you?
Morning and Evening by Spurgeon
Isaiah 40:11  He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom.

Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of his flock draw forth his compassion. It is his office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, he purchased them with blood, they are his property: he must and will care for that which cost him so dear. Then he is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of his glory and reward.

But how may we understand the expression, "He will carry them"? Sometimes he carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are "carried" by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently he "carries" them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.

"He carries the lambs in his bosom." Here is boundless affection. Would he put them in his bosom if he did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and his weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in his bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

Daily Light on the Daily Path
Revelation 12:11  "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.

Romans 8:33,34  Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; • who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Leviticus 17:11  'For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.'

Exodus 12:12,13  'For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments-- I am the LORD. • The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Romans 8:1  Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 7:13,14  Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?" • I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 1:5,6  and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood-- • and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father-- to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

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