Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 80
Devotional Song: ... Go to this link … Please take the time to take in a video Chris Tomlin singing his powerful song … Whom Shall I Fear, declaring a God we should fear for His glory goes before those who love and revere Him.
Highlight Passage Nahum 1: 7-8 [NKJV] …
7 The Lord is good, … A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him. 8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, And darkness will pursue His enemies.
… God’s patience and mercy have HIS limits …
Highlight Context - Nahum 1: 1-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… God may be slow to anger; but His anger is sure against His enemies
Reference Passage #1 - Romans 1: 18-32 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK …
… How long will God be merciful against a country like ours who keeps rebelling against His will?
Reference Passage #2 - Romans 1: 18-19 [NKJV] …
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
… How long?
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, takes his readers (me) back to the little, so-called “minor prophet” in the Old Testament, Nahum, who prophesied for God to the peoples of the Southern kingdom of Judah about the time of Isaiah, prophesying that God’s wrath would be visited on those who were invading Jerusalem; … in this case it was the Ninevites.
The purpose of the book of Nahum in God’s grand scheme of Scripture was/is to reveal the character of God’s wrath against those who rebel against His will and His ways as found in His word. The Ninevites, of course, were the people God had saved/spared under the prophesy and preaching of Jonah, about 100 years before Nahum prophesied. And when one reads the highlight passage above (see Nahum 1: 1-9 we read about every word there is in the Hebrew language to describe God’s anger/wrath to be expressed against those who would come against God’s remnant of believers. Note the words … “jealous, furious, wrath, rebukes, indignation, fierceness, and fury” in the highlight passage.
I know that we, New Testament, believers would like to think only of God’s love and mercy and compassion; but we must remember that our God, the Great I AM, is a God of wrath against those who reject Him and who openly turn from His ways as documented in His word. We know the historical result of God’s wrath against the Ninevites, who were decimated by God; and now I fear, in reading the truth of Romans 1: 18-32, over 2700 years after God destroyed the Ninevites, we, this these times, should fear God’s wrath coming down on this very country and people (i.e., the people of the USA), who are almost spitting in the face of God’s wrath with our sinful ways.
O LORD, have mercy on us!!
My Prayer Today: I say again, LORD, spare those who diligently love and serve You in obedience. Amen
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