The Righteous Are Safe

“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him” (Nahum 1:7 (ESV)

Is almost an echo of the thoughts of Proverbs 18:10 (ESV) “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

If we would be faithful to the Lord, there is a safe place where we won’t fear his judgment or what the wicked one tries to do to us. In Nahum, the Assyrians were not trusting in God. They worshiped other gods and did many sins contrary to God’s way. Therefore, there was no hope for their safety when God’s wrath was poured out. Yet, Israel was preserved and even returned to their native lands.

In the judgment the wicked will not be able to stand, but every faithful child of God will be protected and rewarded because God knows them (Lk 12:7). Running to the Refuge of God’s holy place is the privilege of any who seek him (Mt 7:7). We can even be called his children (1Jn 3:1).

Joseph D. Chase

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