Week Thirty – Verse-by-verse Devotional Series – The Prophets: Nahum
Sunday, July 26
Nahum 1:2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filed with wrath.
Prayer: God, we revere you. You are worthy of our respect and awe.
Thought for the day: The difference between jealous and zealous is just one letter.
Monday, July 27
Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; he will not leave the guilty unpunished.
Prayer: God, we are grateful for all the times you have been patient with us.
Thought for the day: The parent who is slow to punish is often the parent whose punishment is most severe.
Tuesday, July 28
Nahum 1:7,8 The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness.
Prayer: Jesus, we are so glad we are on your side and you are on ours.
Thought for the day: Bridges can be wonderful places in a rainstorm.
Wednesday, July 29
Nahum 1:15 Look, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace! Celebrate your festivals, O Judah, and fulfill your vows. No more will the wicked invade you; they will be completely destroyed.
Prayer: God, we thank you for your messengers whom you send with good news.
Thought for the day: The most faithful journalism tells it like God says it is.
Thursday, July 30
Nahum 2:13 I am against you [Nineveh],” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”
Prayer: O God, forgive our nation when it is swollen with false pride while it ignores wrongdoing.
Thought for the day: Many of the dead languages of the world were once the language of the superpower.
Friday, July 31
Nahum 3:7 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 you?”
Prayer: Jesus, we know that in your earthly ministry you mourned the loss of all those you loved.
Thought for the day: Why did Herod order the execution of saints and public officials when he died? Herod shared with some living today the knowledge that none would mourn his loss.
Saturday, August 1
Nahum 3:19 Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal. Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?
Prayer: God, we trust that in your time you will bring justice and healing to the nations.
Thought for the day: Nations that decay from within must eventually fall as do hollow trees.
Example: Nahum’s name means comfort. It was a comfort to Judah to know God had never forgotten them.