The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD will by no means clear the guilty. —Nahum 1:3

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. —Nahum 1:7

            Praise God that He is good and that He is “a stronghold in the day of trouble.”  Safe and secure are all those who take refuge in Him and He knows the ones who do.  There may be those who outwardly say they take refuge in Him, but He knows “the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).  All will appear before Him.  All will give an account of their lives to Him.  Nothing will be hidden from His sight…nothing.

            There are two ways to appear before God:

  1. We can die in our sin, unforgiven and guilty before God. Those who die in their sin will be thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15)  because they have rejected the finished work of Jesus at the cross (I John 2:2).
  2. We can die “in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (II Corinthians 5:17). These are those who understand that “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Corinthians 5:21).  In understanding that they called on Jesus to save them from their sin and to a relationship forever with Him (Romans 10:13; John 3:16; Romans 6:23).

Our Lord is slow to ager.  He is also great in power— He has all power!  In His time the guilty, unforgiven sinners will appear before Him and He will carry out His justice on them.  For rejecting Jesus He will reject them forever and say to them “‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

            So, brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, be patient.  Our Lord is in control.  We know the end of the story and we know His purposes and plans.  So let us be faithful and “ let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).  Yes, Dear Father, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.

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