To the Enemies of the Lord…

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 1:6-8

We looked yesterday at the fact that the Lord is good and that He is a strong hold in the day of trouble.  We also noted the comforting and encouraging fact that the Lord “knoweth them that trust in him.”  He knows who trusts in Him and who believes in Him.  He also knows who His enemies are.  Verse 8 describes their existence.  Contrast the condition of the enemy of the Lord in verse 8 with those who trust in Him in verse 7.  The difference is literally night and day.

To those who trust in Him, the “Lord is good.”  To those who are His enemies, an “overrunning flood” will pursue them.  To those who trust in Him, He is a “strong hold in the day of trouble.”  To those who are His enemies, “His fury is poured out like fire.”  To those who trust in Him, He knows them and cares for them.  To those who are His enemies, “darkness shall pursue” them.  Think of that contrast.  The Bible speaks of believers as being “in the light” and as “walking in the light.”  But unbelievers are “in darkness.”  This verse tells us that darkness will pursue them.  Can you imagine darkness following you everywhere you go?  What a terrible existence.  But such is any life without the true Light.  Such is any life without the Lord.

What a difference the Lord makes!  What a difference knowing Him and trusting in Him makes!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben! Life with Jesus is light even in the midst of the darkness. Having walked this Christian road for thirty plus years I have seen the world growing darker by the day but I can honestly say His light has never left me and I have always been able to see the path in front of me. As C.S. Lewis wrote “Deeper in and further back. Keep going!”


    • Good quote. I haven’t been on the road for thirty years yet, but I’m getting fairly close to that. It is nice to look back and see Him guiding me all the way. I can even see Him guiding me when I was running from Him, like Jonah. I am thankful for Him!


  2. This makes me think of those without Him, who we think are doing great, are successful. But we don’t see the inside and all that is actually happening, the darkness that follows them. Helps me to pray for the lost all the more!
    God bless you Ben and the Light you shine here!


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