“Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off” Romans 11:22 (ESV)
There is no greater example of this than the great city of Nineveh. God sent Jonah to preach to them about their coming destruction. They repented and God spared them. However, that repentance didn’t last forever. We find God sending another prophet about 100 years later. They had gotten worse than they were before. God calls them the “bloody city, full of lies and plunder, no end to the prey” (3:1). He condemns them as unfaithful betraying Him with her whorings (3:4).
Some of the scariest words follow in verse 5…
Behold, I am against you, declares the LORD of hosts… Nothing could be done to save Nineveh her fate was set (3:7). It was time to “meet their God” (Amos 4:12). They were like ripe figs shaken into the mouth of the eater. No matter what they did, they were going to face the wrath of God, because of their wickedness.
In this little book of Nahum, we are reminded that God is patient, loving and kind if we are willing to turn to Him (1:12-13). God would send Israel back home. They had repented and were ready to put away their idolatry.
Yes be ready to face either the good or the severity of God. The choice is yours do right and God rewards do wickedly and you will face God’s righteous justice.