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Sunday, October 9, 2011

NAHUM - Our Awesome God

My dad was a big guy.

Six foot, three inches tall – about 230 pounds.


5' 4" – around 110 pounds (in high school!).

I thought it was great that my dad was a little (a lot) intimidating. Kept me safe.

I vividly remember one night when a couple of guys thought it would be *real fun* to egg my house. They drove up our driveway and launched a salvo of poultry grenades at our front door and windows.

My dad flew out of his chair.

At the time, he was wearing this robe that his mother had bought him on a trip around the world. It was black, with little Chinese letters on it. It made him look like a Ninja warrior.

So, you can imagine what happened when Father Shogun threw open the front door and blasted out onto the driveway!

I have never in my entire life seen a VW Bug speed away so fast! I think it set a land speed record of 0-60 mph in 2 seconds flat.

Fortunately, my dad did not recognize the car or its occupants. I had my suspicions. Only later, much later, did a guy from our church 'fess up and relate that evening from his perspective.

"Man, Shari, I thought your dad would kill us if he got his hands on us. I've never been so scared in my life!"

I smiled.

For you see, I knew that my dad's *bark* was worse than his *bite*but I was often glad for his bark…

Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" is from the book of Nahum.

Before sharing the verses, let's explore a little background. Remember good old Nineveh? The city that repented after hearing Jonah's warning of judgment? Well, it seems that (only) a hundred years later, they had forgotten the message, and evil was again reigning.

God called Nahum to pronounce his judgment on the wicked nation of Assyria.

"The LORD is…filled with vengeance and rage. He takes revenge on all who oppose him and continues to rage against his enemies!...he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are dust beneath his feet. At his command the oceans dry up, and the rivers disappear…In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed. Who can stand before his fierce anger? Who can survive his burning fury? His rage blazes forth like fire, and his mountains crumble to dust in his presence." (Nahum 1:2-6)

God has *bark* – and He alone has the power to *bite*.

The world has lawsboundaries and rules that are set up by God. But people regularly flaunt these regulations. God calls this willful disobedience, this rebellion against His control – SIN.

Sometimes it seems that the wicked are escaping justice. That they are succeeding in their evil ways.

But, there is a day coming.

A terrible day of wrath.

Justice will ultimately be served. God will settle all accounts. He will not let sin go unchecked forever.

And woe to those who are not under His grace at that time.

"It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)

Nahum's words are terrifying even to me, a follower of Christ. Sometimes I think it's a good idea to get a healthy dose of the reality of God's power His awesome might – His jealous fury. He is not a God to be trifled with – or ignored.

Today's verses serve as a warning to those who remain arrogant and resist God's authority. They will one day face His anger. No one will get away with rejecting Him – no one will be able to hide from His judgment.

For those of us who are believers, today's verses are an admonition. We are not to take the Almighty God lightly. He is a fearsome God who must be feared – worshiped with reverence and awe.

But, to us, He is also something more than a Judge.

He is Mercy Incarnate.

God is compassionate, slow to anger. Praise His name for His patience with me, a sinner who had nowhere to turn but to His salvation.

Jesus took the *bite* out of God’s *bark* for all those who believe on His name.

And those of us who trust Him will be kept safe forever.

"The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him." (Nahum 1:7)

How do you fear the Lord? How is He your refuge?

(I'm linked today with Charlotte at Spiritual Sundays, and Peggy at Soaking On SONday. And please feel free to visit me during the week at my other blog, Sharon Sharing God!)

"When in doubt, search God out!"


  1. Got a good laugh over the story about your dad - it's so comforting to have a *tough* earthly dad (me too!) but even better to have such an awesome Heavenly Father. Thanks for the wonderful reminder.

    Found you @ Spiritual Sundays (I'm #60!)

  2. I'm so glad that I know the Father through His son, Jesus. I pray for our extended families who do not believe. I don't want them to suffer because of their unbelief. A timely post.

  3. I love your post, you have a way with words that allows me to understand His word more clearly. I too pray for my extended family members who do not believe.

  4. Hi Sharon,
    Good to be here.
    Your intro is really an attractive and catchy one.
    The story about a Dad.
    Really interesting and you very well connected to the real subject at Nahum
    Thanks for the wonderful thoughts. Keep inform
    Best Regards

  5. Hi Sharon,

    Wow an awesome post! Very funny intro about your dad. I was picturing the scene in my mind the whole time I read it. And wonderful segue into your message. Yes, God is an awesome God to be feared, worshiped, and reverenced. May all those who reject him come to their senses before it's too late. Please visit me again. I've been so busy with my new job that I haven't had time at to blog like I used to. I'm lucky if I write something once a month now. Well take care.


  6. Such a good reminder, Sharon, to fear the Lord and give him the honor and respect that he deserves. Too often I forget to remember the "bite" of God. Too often I focus on it too much. Some days it's hard for me to receive the grace that I know is mine as a child of the King. Some days I struggle with my acceptance into the kingdom.

    I am relieved to know that for all the sins being openly perpetrated against humanity without remorse or repentance will have a day of reckoning before God. I don't wish God's judgement on anyone, but he his promises to judge rightly and correctly helps me when in injustice seems to reign supreme in our culture.

    Are we really so far from Ninevah?


  7. Always great to know that I am in the merciful hands of Jesus and he is always taking the bite out God's bark in my life. It is also kinda good to know that no one gets away with their evil deeds. Thanks for sharing Sharon, I needed to hear that. I am praying for you about your health:)

  8. ohhh haha ha Sharon a good laugh and a great admonition... I couldn't tell where you were going with this one, but I love this:

    "Jesus took the *bite* out of God’s *bark* for all those who believe on His name."

    And I hinge on the edge of fear of an awesome, mighty powerful God... but I am so appreciative that you pointed this out:

    "He is Mercy Incarnate"...

    'cuz even being a believer, I dread Judgement day, knowing my history of sins... yea' tho' they are erased as far as the east is from the west... that day comes for one and all. I read OT with parts about the anger and wrath of God, and I step back and look for the God that I seek for love, refuge and comfort. Me and God's discipline... leave me with some 'fear factor'.

    But praise God, that HE IS MY REFUGE! I run to Him like you hovered under your dad's protection of his build not his bite...
    I seek the peace and comfort that God's Almighty Shelter is for me as in Psalm 91! I'm so thankful I'm a believer... cuz... watch out
    you people who think you've gotten by with this evil or injustice... God's a comin' and to this
    I say a hearty WOOHOO! especially to those billions of dollars keeping trafficking alive and thriving... that burns me so... Holy anger with God! Too many innnocent victims, women and children... God ain't happy with this sinful world...that's for sure... speak it forth prophets of OT! Thanks for stirring me up, Sharon... and making this Bible Pick'ems real for me.

    Many blessings and much love,


"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!