12/23/17 Drying Up the Waters

READING: Nahum 1-3, Revelation 14

“He rebukes the sea and makes it dry; He dries up all the rivers.”

Nahum 1:4

I don’t think enough about the ways God has revealed His power to me in the past. I suspect I’m just like others who revel in God’s power in the midst of it but then promptly forget it when life presses on. Busyness overtakes wonder far too quickly for most of us.

That’s why reading chapters like Nahum 1 matters so much. In a chapter that points to the coming destruction of Nineveh, the prophet also speaks forcefully about the power and majesty of God. He is “slow to anger and great in power” (Nah. 1:3), but He’s also “a jealous and avenging God” (Nah. 1:2). He who created the world rules that creation, making mountains quake and hills dissolve at His command (Nah. 1:5).

Moreover, He “rebukes the sea and makes it dry; He dries up all the rivers” (Nah. 1:4)—surely at least an allusion to God’s leading His people across the dry ground of the Red Sea and later the dried-up bed of the Jordan River. The chaos of the waters was no match for the One who created the waters in the first place. He can cause the rain or stop it, create droughts or halt them—and use it all to flood judgment on those opposed to Him.

Our God is a powerful, powerful God, and it is to our detriment that we forget that truth.


  • Whatever you face today, remember the power of God.
  • Rejoice that God is slow to anger.

PRAYER: “Your power is great, God. I magnify Your name.” 

TOMORROW’S READING:  Habakkuk 1-3, Revelation 15