Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In a little known book toward the end of the Old Testament, Nahum speaks directly to the capital city of Assyria, Nineveh. This is the same city where Jonah was sent to preach.
Interesting, isn't it, that the Assyrians aren't part of God's chosen people?
In fact, they are the ENEMIES of his people.
Yet, in the book of Jonah, God cares so much about their condition that he sends a prophet to speak to them. And he gives the Assyrians the grace (power) to repent. The Assyrians call a fast, and beg God's forgiveness.
And now, in the book of Nahum, God tries again. Time has passed. The Assyrians have fallen away from their commitment.
Again, God speaks.
If we learn nothing else from this tiny little book, we should learn that God CARES DEEPLY about those who hurt us. God seeks relationship with those whom we might label "enemies."
Who has hurt you lately?
And how do you think God feels about their soul?