Today we’re moving on from Micah to Nahum, the next book. — This is what God gave me today in His word:
The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it. Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him. The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness. (Nahum 1:5-8)
How are supposed to fit all of these verses together? First Nahum says God is fierce and angry, then He calls Him good and a shelter… Which is it? Have we found a contradiction in the Bible?
No, we haven’t found a contradiction in the Bible. In fact, when we look at this and its New Testament fulfillment, it makes perfect sense (its important we always bring in the New Testament when trying to read the Old Testament. If we didn’t do so, we’d end up like the Jews; trying to please God by what we do). You see, God is both ‘fierce’ and good, and He can be this, because of Jesus:
Jesus endured the fire of God’s wrath; He took our sin onto Himself, thus (because God is just) causing God to pour all His wrath onto Him, and kill Him. Through that; through Jesus taking all our sin onto Himself, God has become our shelter and our Father.
The point being this: God is both good and just.
You are Loved!