Are you lost? Are you wandering? Are you running away? Are you alone? Are you seeking? Are you hoping? Are you wanting? Are you needing? Will you return to the good shepherd? Will you return to the loving father? Will you receive the gift of love? Will you receive the gift of hope? Will you receive the gift of salvation? Will you take hold of God’s plan for your life to give you a hope and a future? Will you receive the gift of God’s plan which is good?
We all have choices to make and decisions to make. We need to realize that our choices will have impact. Bad choices will have consequences. Good choices will have significance.
Jesus is the answer! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! Jesus is the good shepherd! Choose Jesus! Receive Him into your heart!
Today’s reading comes to us from Nahum 3…
Woe to Nineveh
1 Woe to the bloody city,
all full of lies and plunder—
no end to the prey!
2 The crack of the whip, and rumble of the wheel,
galloping horse and bounding chariot!
3 Horsemen charging,
flashing sword and glittering spear,
hosts of slain,
heaps of corpses,
dead bodies without end—
they stumble over the bodies!
4 And all for the countless whorings of the prostitute,
graceful and of deadly charms,
who betrays nations with her whorings,
and peoples with her charms.
5 Behold, I am against you,
declares the Lord of hosts,
and will lift up your skirts over your face;
and I will make nations look at your nakedness
and kingdoms at your shame.
6 I will throw filth at you
and treat you with contempt
and make you a spectacle.
7 And all who look at you will shrink from you and say,
“Wasted is Nineveh; who will grieve for her?”
Where shall I seek comforters for you?
8 Are you better than Thebes
that sat by the Nile,
with water around her,
her rampart a sea,
and water her wall?
9 Cush was her strength;
Egypt too, and that without limit;
Put and the Libyans were her helpers.
10 Yet she became an exile;
she went into captivity;
her infants were dashed in pieces
at the head of every street;
for her honored men lots were cast,
and all her great men were bound in chains.
11 You also will be drunken;
you will go into hiding;
you will seek a refuge from the enemy.
12 All your fortresses are like fig trees
with first-ripe figs—
if shaken they fall
into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, your troops
are women in your midst.
The gates of your land
are wide open to your enemies;
fire has devoured your bars.
14 Draw water for the siege;
strengthen your forts;
go into the clay;
tread the mortar;
take hold of the brick mold!
15 There will the fire devour you;
the sword will cut you off.
It will devour you like the locust.
Multiply yourselves like the locust;
multiply like the grasshopper!
16 You increased your merchants
more than the stars of the heavens.
The locust spreads its wings and flies away.
17 Your princes are like grasshoppers,
your scribes like clouds of locusts
settling on the fences
in a day of cold—
when the sun rises, they fly away;
no one knows where they are.
18 Your shepherds are asleep,
O king of Assyria;
your nobles slumber.
Your people are scattered on the mountains
with none to gather them.
19 There is no easing your hurt;
your wound is grievous.
All who hear the news about you
clap their hands over you.
For upon whom has not come
your unceasing evil?
— from Nahum 3
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of Nahum’s Tomb. We learn about its location in modern-day Iraq’s city of Alqosh (Elkosh) which we learn in the book of Nahum is where Nahum is from (his hometown). We learn that the tomb is part of an old synagogues that dates back to twelfth century AD. We learn how there has been a big draw for tourists and researchers to the area because of the site of the tomb and the connection to the book of Nahum. We learn that this site is revered by many religions (Christians, Muslims, and Yazidis) drawing pilgrims for centuries. With all the terrorism in the area and threats of violence, the region and the tomb’s preservation are at risk and reducing the number of tourists visiting the area.
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Thank You that there is wisdom in a multitude of counselors and so I am grateful for wise and capable core team members who can help me do camp. I am thankful for their insight and input that help us to make things the best we can and then give it up into Your hands to complete it. We may get to plan and water, but it is You Lord who makes it grow. We may make the plans but You guide our every step. Help me today Lord to live out this day in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory. I ask all this in the name of Jesus so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.