Daily Devotional: Friday 22nd May

by William Moody

Nahum 2:9–13

  Plunder the silver,
    plunder the gold!
  There is no end of the treasure
    or of the wealth of all precious things.
10   Desolate! Desolation and ruin!
    Hearts melt and knees tremble;
  anguish is in all loins;
    all faces grow pale!
11   Where is the lions' den,
    the feeding place of the young lions,
  where the lion and lioness went,
    where his cubs were, with none to disturb?
12   The lion tore enough for his cubs
    and strangled prey for his lionesses;
  he filled his caves with prey
    and his dens with torn flesh.

13 Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will burn your1 chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.

Footnotes

[1] 2:13 Hebrew her

(ESV)

In Nineveh’s destruction it is a case of the mighty who have fallen. Nineveh was so wealthy, but now it is all being plundered (v9). Their wealth is now of no value or help to them. That which they lived for now counts for nothing.

Is what you live for going to be of help to you when the darkest days and even death comes to you?

The people’s courage has been plundered also (v10). Hearts melting, knees trembling and faces becoming pale shows how these arrogant and self-confident people have been brought low. In your most frightening moments in life, is Jesus your rock?

The mighty land has been subdued (v11-12) and Nineveh which was once like a terrifying lion, is no longer is to be feared. Those who frighten God’s people now, will one day be brought to nothing.

Nahum highlights what really is the main problem for the Ninevites; God is against them (v13). That is why all which the people would have relied on is now destroyed.

There is a total contrast here with Psalm 124 where David speaks of how it was only because the Lord was on his side, that he prevailed when facing terrible days.

Is the Lord on your side? This is only true if you are in Christ, saved through faith in Jesus.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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