Nahum is a book about divine judgment. In Nahum, God’s power and wrath are presented in all their fullness.
We learn that Yahweh, the Divine Warrior, will obliterate all those who oppose him. Nahum draws on imagery of Noah and the great flood to remind Nineveh that God will annihilate all his enemies. There will be no escaping his wrath. In the same manner that the floodwaters covered the entire earth, so God’s vengeance will find out all his adversaries.
This picture is so threatening that one can only be left to ask the same question Nahum asks, “Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger?” (1:6). Fortunately, Nahum gives us an answer, “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him” (1:7).
There is a safe place in the flood of God’s fury. Just as Noah found shelter in the ark, so we can take refuge in Jesus. God is good. He is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7).
All those who trust in him will not be put to shame. So do not be found opposing Yahweh. Like Noah, get in the boat. You will find true and lasting happiness there.