“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7)

Nahum wrote and prophesied the destruction of the great city of Nineveh. This city had repented at the preaching of Jonah about 100 years earlier, but had soon forgotten.

It seemed almost impossible for Nineveh to be destroyed. Its walls were massive and rose to a height of 100 feet with hundreds of towers atop them. It is said that three chariots could drive abreast on them and that they enclosed approximately 1800 acres. The Tigris river protected it on one side and moats on the other sides. It seemed impregnable and invincible!

A century later, this great city was destroyed. It passed so far into oblivion, that for centuries no one knew the location of its existence! It was destroyed by water (Nah. 2:6) and fire (Nah. 3:13-15).

In the context of all this destruction, comes the wonderful truth: “the Lord is a stronghold in the day of trouble.” How wonderful and reassuring to know that we have a place of refuge, a place of real safety! Though wars may rage as we approach the end of the age, we can seek the safety of the Saviour! The destructive forces of water and fire, or the devastating devices of the Devil cannot reach us!

Also, how comforting to know: “the Lord knoweth them that trust in Him.” Literally, “the Lord owns them that trust in Him.” We are reminded of 2 Timothy 2:20, “Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are His.” We belong to Him; He purchased us with His precious blood. Don’t we know and believe that He will protect and provide for us in all kinds of times?