Another day we approach Thy Throne this early hour as we read Thy word. It is not coincidence we publish the emails early. We are able to rise up early to feast on the word of God before the day is awaken from its slumber. My brothers and sisters in the Lord this is the day and God is calling us to look deeper into His word and find it as our hiding place.
When a defendant stands before a judge, he or she is at the mercy of the court. If the defendant is innocent, the court should be a refuge. But if the defendant is guilty, we expect the court to exact punishment.
In Nahum, we see God as both a refuge and a judge. It says, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble” (1:7). But it also says, “He will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness” (verse 8). Over 100 years earlier, Nineveh had repented after Jonah preached God’s forgiveness, and the land was safe (Jonah 3:10). But during Nahum’s day, Nineveh was plotting “evil against the Lord” (Nahum 1:11). In chapter 3, Nahum details Nineveh’s destruction.
Many people know only one side of God’s dealings with the human race but not the other. They think that He is holy and wants only to punish us, or that He is merciful and wants only to show kindness. In truth, He is judge and refuge. Peter writes that Jesus “committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). As a result, He “bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness” (verse 24). Let us take note and see how the other prophets see God through their eyes of their times. How can we apply those days to ours today?
The whole truth about God is good news! He is judge, but because of Jesus, we can go to Him as our refuge. Many people around us hide under the cloak of religion or church. I rather you hide in the word of God which is our shelter. For any believer that needs shelter look into Psalm chapter 23 and all you need it is there for you to receive. David knew that we would need that place in our time
Lord, never let us underestimate You by seeing only one side of Your role in our lives. Help us to enjoy Your love and kindness while recognizing how much You hate sin. Yet you loved us unconditionally.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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