Nahum 3:8-13 – False Sense of Security

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The city of Thebes was the center of the Egyptian Empire for nearly 1400 years! They fell at the hands of the Assyrians in 663 B.C. Yet Nahum boldly asks Nineveh, “Are you any better than the city of Thebes, situated on the Nile River, surrounded by water?” Of course, arrogant Nineveh would answer, “Yes! We defeated them, didn’t we?” Yet Nahum taunts them just the same using yet another metaphor.

Nahum’s provocation is not meant to compare the relative strengths of the two empires, but to announce that human might is nothing compared to God’s power. This oracle is directed at Nineveh’s false sense of security. They apparently thought they were immune to the wrath of God. We probably know plenty of people even today that have that same false sense of security.

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2 Kings 6:8-23 – Whom Shall I Fear?

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Conquer Fear Everyday

We’ve noted before how God is working even when we can’t see him. Today’s reading has lots of references to sight and being able to see the truth. We may struggle with seeing God at work today. That doesn’t mean God stopped working but perhaps that we have a problem with our “spiritual eyesight.”

Just like Elisha’s servant let fear engulf him when he saw the enemy surrounding Elisha, we can feel paralyzed at times. The young servant’s faith was a little wobbly it appears, but Elisha soon reminded him to look closer. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Elisha asked God to help the young man see and immediately the man could see God’s heavenly army coming to the rescue. We’ve probably had an army like that fighting our battles too—we just couldn’t see.

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