Nahum; 2 Kings 23:1-28; 2 Chronicles 35:1-19
Nahum reminds us that God is to be feared… and trusted. Feared because His judgment is harsh and inflexible. Trusted because He never places judgment on anyone who doesn’t deserve it. What is sin for you is sin for me.
And the wages of sin is death. He’s pretty upfront about that.
But here’s what else Nahum says about God: He is slow to anger.
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” (1:7)
Yes, God protects His honor and holiness with jealous zeal. Yes, there are devastating consequences for those who don’t play by His rules. But don’t get stuck there. Because the same jealous and avenging God took on Himself His own wrath, His own death penalty so you and I wouldn’t have to.
You might think God isn’t fair, and you would be right. It wasn’t fair that Jesus took your sins to the cross. He never committed even one sin. Yet our Savior endured the cross, didn’t give a second thought about the shame – for love of you!
Yes, the Creator God, Almighty, All-knowing, Eternal and Holy, is a God to be feared. You can look at Jesus’ death on the cross and get an idea how serious God is about sin, and what it cost His Son to take the punishment you deserve.
Look at the cross. That should be you up there. If that doesn’t make you fearful, I don’t know what will.
Then look into the face of your Savior, and know He can be trusted:
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. (I John 1:9; emphasis mine)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24; emphasis mine)
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8; emphasis mine)
We have reason to fear God. And we have every reason to trust the One we fear, when we are His children through the blood of Jesus.