"The Lord Is Good"              

Nahum 1:7


     Nahum has been talking about the storm of God's wrath and the terror of his justice. Then he comes to a blessed, calm, serene island of rest. He tells us three things about our God.

     1. "THE LORD IS GOOD." Goodness is essential to God. Without it, he would not be God. "There is nothing but goodness in God, and nothing but goodness comes from him"(Gill). God permits evil, but overrules it for good(Psa.76:10). He afflicts his childdren and brings many evil things upon us in providence, but he makes the evil accomplish good(Rom.8:28;Gen.50:19-20). God must punish sin; but even his punishment of sin is good, for it is the vindication of his holiness, justice, and truth(Psa.11:6-7). God is singularly good (Matt. 19:17), immutably good(Mal.3:6;James 1:13-17), good in all his acts of grace (Eph.1:3-14), and in all his works of providence (Rom. 8:28;11:36).God is infin- itely, incomparably, immeasurably, eternally good! And he is particularly, distinctly good to his own elect.

     2. "THE LORD IS A STRONGHOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE." The only place of safety in this world is the place we find beneath the shadow of his wings (Prov. 18:10). In the day of trouble, the Lord is our refuge (Heb. 6:18; 4:16). We have our days of trouble in this world. But every day of trouble is "the" day of God's appointing. It is only a temporary "day" of trouble. And whatever the "trouble" may be, the Lord is our stronghold in the midst of it. A stronghold is a mighty fortress for the protection of citizens from the aggressions of the enemy. It is a place of safety, a place of peace, a place stocked with provision, and a place of residence. This is what our God is to us in Christ!

     3. "THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT TRUST IN HIM." That word, "knoweth" is pregnant with comfort. It means, the Lord has foreordained, loves, has intimate acquaintance with, approves of, tenderly cares for, and holds loving communion with them that trust in him. He knows Daniel in the lions' den, Lazarus at the rich man's gate, and Peter even in his denial. And, if you trust him, he knows you!


Don Fortner