Couched in a book about God’s fierce anger toward a sinful nation are some encouraging words we should take to heart.
“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet” (Nahum 1:3).
God does not fly off the handle. He has patience with us.
Most people don’t learn easily or quickly. Old habits and engrained desires take time to dissipate. I am glad that God is merciful and kind to us in that when we are trying to do right, he will forgive all sins we confess (1Jn 1:7-9). Where would we be without the goodness, kindness, mercy and long-suffering from the Heavenly Father?
Nahum is telling us about a nation who had gone past God’s dividing line of love and justice. They were high handed, idolatrous and cruel. So God would soon destroy their prideful society and nation. Remember, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb 10:31). God is angry for only when provoked by evildoers.
“God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalm 7:11 NKJV).