“Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and will lift up your skirts over your face; and I will make nations look at your nakedness and kingdoms at your shame” (Nahum 3.5 EVS).
People can single out verses like Nahum 3.5 from the Bible and declare that God is a mean God. But before we make judgments, we must examine the verse in the context of the entire Bible. In actuality, the Bible states that God is slow to anger and merciful (Psalm 145.8). But how can this be? God has a holy standard, and there is a system of sowing and reaping that He has set in place in both the natural and supernatural worlds (Galatians 6.7). This concept makes total sense to us in the natural—if you plant an orange seed, you will get oranges. But we have a double standard when it comes to our supernatural harvest. We want to disobey God and do our own thing according to our own standard, yet we expect our harvest to have the goodness, beauty and blessing of God. But how can this be? Nineveh is about to be destroyed. But it is not God who has chosen it for them. They have chosen it for themselves by their evil actions. The people of Nineveh have planted so much wickedness in the world that they are experiencing the results of their own disobedience to God. God loves all His children, and He desires all of us to live according to His holy standard (Micah 6.8), but we have the free choice to choose blessings or curses (Deuteronomy 30.19). Those who truly have an intimate relationship with God through the finished work of Jesus on the cross know that God is what He says He is. He is truth, love, life and hope.
“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” 1 John 4.9-10 (NLT).