God’s mercy, tenderness, and gentleness are attributes we talk about a lot—especially at Christmas, when Jesus’ humble birth provides a perfect example of those divine traits. But today’s devotional from Words of Hope looks at a prophecy in Nahum 2 that describes a warrior’s victory over a den of lions:
…we can appreciate what Nahum was driving at. If someone has the power to enter the lionâ€™s den, nothing else will stop him.
God is the hunter in this prophecy. The Assyrian empire is the lion. Though they believed they were safe, they would soon feel Godâ€™s spear. Who can stand up to him? Who can hide?
Some parts of the Old Testament world are hard to bring into the 21st century. God hunting and avenging evil is a difficult import. But Nahum reminds us: donâ€™t oppose this warrior; donâ€™t think you are beyond the reach of God. If your heart is a den where God is not welcome, invite him now. He will come there one way or another. Better as a friend than as a hunter.
It’s good to be reminded from time to time of God’s different character attributes. His loving and merciful nature is matched by power and majesty sufficient to create the entire world. Most of us can testify to God’s love and mercy in our lives; have you also seen evidence of his power and might?