Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Micah 6-7, Nahum 1-3

I finish up Micah this morning and also read the book of Nahum in full.  Both Micah and Nahum are prophets.  It's the same sort of story we've heard before, warnings of God's wrath if people do not turn from their sins and turn to God.  Just FYI, after doing some research, I realized that Nahum is like a "take 2" version of Jonah that I read a few days ago.  He is speaking to Nineveh.  Apparently, God's people in Nineveh repented to God after being inspired by Jonah, and then drifted back into their old sinful patterns many years later, so in comes Nahum the prophet.  

Micah and Nahum each have their own way of saying things, but I find myself clinging to their words of love, mercy, and grace that stand out like sunshine in a storm.

From Micah,

Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.  

And from Nahum,

The Lord is slow to anger but great in power...
The Lord is good,
    a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,

There is always hope with God.  There is always sunshine with God.  No matter what storms in life surround us, God's love is a promise.  What an amazing God He is!

Dear Lord and Savior,

I thank you for this day.  I thank you for the people you put in my life to be Your strong and comforting arms, blessing me with Your love, mercy, and grace.  I pray for those special people this morning.  May they feel the power of this prayer and the peace of Your presence.  Help me to be a blessing in their lives, especially in their times of need.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, I pray,

Love in Christ,

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