Jeremiah 7/Nahum 1 “Hang in There—Joy Comes in the Morning”

Two prophets have been sent to Judah with similar messages. “God is slow to anger but great in power;” and “the Lord is good—indeed he is a fortress in times of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.” [Nahum 1:3/1:7] 

One hundred years before Jeremiah and Nahum, God had sent the reluctant prophet Jonah with His message: “repent” and Nineveh did. But, like so many of us, she had returned to her wicked ways and this time in abundance of wickedness. She did not “care for orphans and widows in their adversity.” [James 1] but instead had overrun them. God’s patience had run out for them.

As the Judahites listened to Jeremiah and Nahum they had doubts. This has gone on for so long. When will God avenge us? You may feel the same way about your situation. But, we must remember these two principles:

1. God takes no delight in the death of the wicked. He is slow to anger patiently waiting for all to repent because He does not wish any to perish but for all to come to repentance. [2Peter 3:5]

2. God is just and He will bring about the demise of the wicked in His perfect time. [read Is 55:8-10/ and or all of Revelation] for God works on His timetable not ours.

Jeremiah and Nahum prophesied to the Judahites to “hang in there.” “One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning.” [Ps 30:5] Be confident of this very thing: He who began a good work...will perfect it. God is still on the throne.

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Published by Gaye Austin