12/23/14: Get Ready

I don’t recall hearing too many sermons out of the book of Nahum. This prophet spoke against Nineveh, a very wicked city. Nineveh was so bad that another prophet of God—Jonah—refused God’s direct command (at first) to go to preach to the people who lived there. Can you imagine living in a place that is so far gone that even the preachers didn’t want to try to bring you the good news of the Gospel?

Anyway, it was of this corrupt place that God spoke through Nahum to warn them once again that God’s anger wouldn’t always be held back. The message tells them that “the Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked” (1:3, NKJ); and that “the Lord is good… He knows those who trust in Him… but… will make an utter end of its place and darkness will pursue His enemies” (1:7-8, NKJ). Then comes the heart of the matter, God’s care for Israel in the face of Nineveh’s evil. Nahum 2:1-2 says, “The one who scatters has come up against you.
Man the fortress, watch the road;
strengthen your back, summon all your strength. For the Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob
like the splendor of Israel,
even though devastators have devastated them
and destroyed their vine branches” (NASB).

Just as God cared for Israel in the face of their attacking enemies, so He cares for us when we are facing difficulties that are attacking us. Trouble is on the way, so get ready. “Man the fortress, watch the road;
strengthen your back, summon all your strength. For the Lord will restore [your] splendor.”

  • Man the fortress: We must get control of our physical bodies. Change any unhealthy eating habits, lose excess weight, exercise, quit damaging habits like smoking, drug abuse, and drinking alcohol in excess, drink water, and get enough sleep. A healthy body can stand up to the battles ahead.
  • Watch the road: We must be mindful of opportunities. Pay attention to the open doors God is leading us to, and the closed doors God is leading us past. As we continue on our Kingdom journey, watch for potholes that could flatten our tires and slow us down.
  • Strengthen your back: We must get a backbone. Stand up for right. Speak out against wrong.
  • Summon all your strength: We can be encouraged and confident, knowing that God is our ultimate strength and we are fighting from victory, not for victory.

Know that God is in the restoration business. Be ready to live when God’s ready to move. Worship God today for being the splendor restorer.

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©2014 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on December 23, 2014.

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