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Our Daily Bread 5th August 2018 Devotional – Hard Mysteries

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Our Daily Bread 5th August 2018 Devotional 

Topic: Hard Mysteries

Read: Nahum 1:1–7 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 68–69; Romans 8:1–21

Scripture: The Lord is slow to anger but great in power. Nahum 1:3

Message: As my friend and I went for a walk, we talked about our love for the Bible. She surprised me when she said, “Oh, but I don’t like the Old Testament much. All of that hard stuff and vengeance—give me Jesus!”

Our Daily Bread 5th August 2018 Devotional – Hard Mysteries

We might resonate with her words when we read a book like Nahum, perhaps recoiling at a statement such as, “The Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath” (Nahum 1:2). And yet the next verse fills us with hope: “The Lord is slow to anger but great in power” (v. 3).

When we dig more deeply into the subject of God’s anger, we understand that when He exercises it, He’s most often defending His people or His name. Because of His overflowing love, He seeks justice for wrongs committed and the redemption of those who have turned from Him. We see this not only in the Old Testament, as He calls His people back to Himself, but also in the New, when He sends His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.

Our Daily Bread 5th August 2018 Devotional – Hard Mysteries

We may not understand the mysteries of the character of God, but we can trust that He not only exercises justice but is also the source of all love. We need not fear Him, for He is “good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (v. 7).

Prayer: Father God, You are good. You are loving and You are merciful. Help me to understand more fully some of the mysteries of Your redeeming love today.

Thought for the Day: God’s justice and mercy intersect at the cross.

Our Daily Bread 5th August 2018 Devotional was written by Amy Boucher Pye(Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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