Tag: shallow repentance
Scripture reading for September 23rd: Nahum 1-3
A century earlier, Jonah had come to Nineveh to warn of coming judgment. A great wave of conviction fell on leaders, men and even the animals. All repented and called on the Lord and He had mercy and saved them from destruction. (Jonah 3:6-10) About a hundred years later, God sent Nahum back to Nineveh with a decree of divine displeasure and coming destruction. (Nahum 2:13) The revival of a century earlier had caused them to humble themselves and seek the Lord, but they soon returned to their wicked ways.
God always warns the wicked of the coming disaster. Nahum’s word was unmistakable. “. . all because of the wanton lust of a harlot, alluring, the mistress of sorceries, who enslaved nations by her prostitution and peoples by her witchcraft.” “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. All who see you will flee from you and say, ‘Nineveh is in ruins–who will mourn for her?’ Where can I find anyone to comfort her? ” (Nahum 3:4-5, 7)
In the midst of the warning to Nineveh, Nahum spoke a word of hope and encouragement to Judah. The wicked would no longer invade them and they would be restored to their land. (Nahum 1:15) This good news speaks to us today as well. We know that God has defeated evil through the cross of Jesus Christ. The triumph of Jesus Christ is sure and He will defeat all wickedness and evil and set up His reign of peace on the earth.
When we read God’s warnings concerning the defeat of wickedness and the final judgment, it is easy to think that He is speaking of something far away or that they are meant for someone else. It is easy to give lip service to God, but still have a heart far from Him. This is a day of mercy and a day of “good news”! Respond with true repentance that brings everlasting peace and blessing!
“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:38-39