The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.Nahum 1:7
Dear Church and Friends,
The book of Nahum pronounces judgment on Edom, Judah and Assyria. Not happy times! However, in the first chapter we have a wonderfully encouraging statement surrounded by prophetic trouble.
The Lord is good! What a message to grasp when dark times are at hand. Let me separate those three statements
- The Lord is good.
- A stronghold in the day of trouble.
- He knows they that trust in him.
I am always reminded of Psalm 119:68 when I find statements that speak of the Lord’s goodness. But there is so much more here. His goodness has constructed a stronghold which was prepared in advance for “a rainy day.” It this case we could say, “a stormy day.”
Not only does his goodness prepare safety but his goodness knows those who trust in him. Those people are the ones who populate the stronghold prepared for trouble. The halls of his palace ring with the song, “Come we that love the Lord, and let our joys be known.”
During our troublesome times let us rejoice in the goodness of the Lord and all his great care for the church.
Poetry: The Pulley by George Herbert.
When God at first made man, Having a glass of blessings standing by, Let us (said he) pour on him all we can: Let the world's riches, which dispersed lie, Contract into a span. So strength first made a way; Then beauty flow'd, then wisdom, honor, pleasure: When almost all was out, God made a stay, Perceiving that alone of all his treasure Rest in the bottom lay. For if I should (said he) Bestow this jewel also on my creature, He would adore his gifts in stead of me, And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature. So both should losers be. Yet let him keep the rest, But keep them with repining restlessness: Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.
Music: Daniel Prayed; Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless.
Prayer Requests: Today’s request is for the Amazon Peoples of the Amazon River Basin
- (AM-uh-zahn) – Pray for a family on the Amazon Peoples Team. They are trying to get medical clearance to return to the field, but many appointments have been canceled and rescheduled.
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Wednesday Night Bible Study Returns (October 7, 2020 @ 7 PM)
Question 19: Why did he begin at their faith?
Answer: Because he knew it was their life.
Question 20: How could they consent to their own perdition?
Answer: They were deceived by the craft of Satan.
Question 21: What was the craft of Satan?
Answer: He persuaded then that good was evil, and evil was good.
Question 22: How could they be persuaded, when they had the image of God?
Answer: They had the image but not the gift of constancy.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
All my best.
The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.Nahum 1:3