“The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in the whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust at his feet” (Nahum 1.3 ESV).
The book of Nahum is much like the sequel to the book of Jonah. Both Jonah and Nahum prophesy warnings of God’s judgment against the city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. After Jonah gave his prophecy, the city turns from their sin, but the season of repentance did not last. At least 150 years after Jonah confronted Nineveh with God’s Word, Nahum also confronts them, but this time the sins of the city would end in their complete destruction. God is always slow to anger, but His righteous judgment will have the final say. The minor repentance of people may buy them some time, but unless they are completely surrendered to the Holy Spirit, their sin will continue to create chaos in their lives. A second chance should not be taken lightly. We cannot take for granted the slow anger of our Heavenly Father. Eventually, if we do not submit to His authority, the devastating actions of our disobedience will lead us into certain destruction, especially if we’ve ignored a second chance.
“God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiastes 12.14 NLT).