What do you think of when a roaring, howling, powerful storm comes; with flashes, and bolts of lightning, and sounds of crashing, rolling thunder? It is a fearful thing when we see these things. Many people have just recently survived such storms, suffering great loss, and we pray for you, and offer condolences to those who have lost loved ones.
I am a strange sort of man I guess, but storms fascinate me. Lightning is a wonder to behold. I have been on the edge of a tornado in my car, and kept driving, even though I could not see much past the hood of the car. It is a fearful thing. More fearful is to be on the wrong side of God. Hear the words of Nahum the prophet to the Assyrians, their capital city Nineveh…
“God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue His enemies.” Nahum 1:2-8 (KJV)
It could be said that Nahum’s prophecy is a continuation of Jonah’s. When Jonah went to Nineveh and preached of God’s judgment, the people, the whole city repented; yet that repentance was only one generation, and then God sent Nahum to warn them.
Does God, the LORD judge evil? That is a question that many people ask; even today. The answer to that is “Yes!” God does judge evil. It just is not always according to our allotted time. Why can a wicked person live for years without illness, or grief, and seemingly be blessed with the world’s riches, and pleasures and never experience God’s justice? He/She does, or she/he will.
The LORD is Good. Let us consider this. It could be that God in His goodness and grace is allowing that individual time to repent and change their way, coming to God through Christ Jesus.
The LORD is mighty, He is Almighty, He holds the storms of this life in His hand. He knows the beginning and He knows the end. This life is not about me, or you, or all those who are suffering from sickness, disease, pain, sorrow; from storms or mass shooters and killers. This life is about GOD and His power and glory to Him. He has made a way for sinful humanity to come into His holy presence, and that is through the cross of Jesus Christ who suffered the most horrendous thing any man could ever bear. Not only did He suffer the physical pain and agony of the cross, but He the holy Son of God was denied the face of His Father as He bled and died for us. He, in fact, experienced Hell for us there.
The LORD is Good.