I was looking forward to our planned extended camping trip on the South coast of South Africa with ulterior motives. I had it all planned out. Early time alone on the beach with the Lord to refill the empty container that was me. Breathing time, revelation time, recuperating time.
It turned out differently. At the end of two weeks I found myself anxious, feeling the process was incomplete. I wanted to recharge like a battery but the Lord had something different in mind. You see He has the bigger picture and knew the correct remedy.
I was lead to read how the prophet Nahum spoke a terrible judgement over Nineveh. In the first chapter he used the name Elkana – God a consuming fire. Sitting here typing I realize that the horrific world events in the current “Nineveh” cannot be removed from what the Lord revealed to me while seeking him during this time. The ruins of Nineveh lies just across the river from the modern day city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is the second major city to be taken by insurgents in 2014 – a horrific ordeal that is a mirror of the destruction prophesied by Nahum. It is in this day a place mentioned in fear filled viral sms messages seeking prayer for Christians being slayed… beheaded.
The name Nahum means “comforter.” Nahum prophesied about Nineveh. The name Nineveh means “the offspring of ease.” Nahum was an Elkashite. The name Elkashite means “the gathering of God.” With this added Spiritual application, we discover God used Nahum to comfort the offspring of ease, concerning the gathering of God.
Have you read Nahum? See the picture painted by a short insert from chapter 2
7 It is decreed:
Nineveh is stripped, and she is carried away,
And her handmaids are moaning like the sound of doves,
Beating on their breasts [in sorrow].
8 Though Nineveh was like a pool of water throughout her days,
Now her inhabitants are fleeing;
“Stop! Stop!” [a few cry,]
But no one turns back.
9 Plunder the silver!
Plunder the gold!
For there is no end to the treasure—
Wealth from every precious object.
10 She is emptied! She is desolate and waste!
Hearts melting [in fear] and knees knocking!
Anguish is in the whole body,
And the faces of all grow pale!
I found the comforting of Nahum in the first chapter. One single verse out shined the wrath and judgement of Elkana – God a consuming fire. It became the calm amidst the storm of world and current events in my life…
More or less in the middle of this chapter his burdensome message says this about GOD who causes the mountains quake before Him and the hills melt away…
The Lord is good,
A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.
And I knew the remedy HE had in mind for my frazzled existence was to turn my gaze away from the physical events back on HIM. Because HE RECOGNIZES, CARES FOR, AND UNDERSTANDS ME FULLY and He is always around.