“There is no healing for your wound; your injury is fatal. All who hear of your destruction will clap their hands for joy. Where can anyone be found who has not suffered from your continual cruelty?” (Nahum 3.19 NLT).
Nahum ends his book with a rhetorical question (a question that is asked without expecting an answer). It is interesting to note that the only other writer in the Bible who ends his book with a rhetorical question is Jonah—the writer of the prequel to this story of Nineveh. In the book of Jonah, God showed mercy to Nineveh because they repented even though their morality was still questionable, but now the fruition of their evilness has touched everyone on the earth, which is demonstrated by the final question: “Where can anyone be found who has not suffered from your continual cruelty?” Their cruelty as a kingdom was well known to all, not just to the decimated nation of Israel. Thankfully, we live in the New Testament age where we have forgiveness for sin; however, we are still accountable for our actions. When we disobey God and His will, we will experience the results of that disobedience. God is merciful though and slow to anger, and He willingly gives us second chances to live obediently to Him. He can always turn our mistakes into something beautiful when we confess (admitting our wrongs) and repent (turning from our wrongs). God will never let go of His hand of salvation when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, but the hand of fellowship is up to us. And the benefits of holding His hand of fellowship are always for our good.
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28.13 NIV).