100 years after Jonah preached against Nineveh, another prophet came. The response to Jonah was repentance but the response to Nahum is opposition or apathy. Despite a previous generation's repentance, this new generation will not follow in their footsteps and will instead be judged.
God's message is always one of hope for those who respond and despair for those who do not. Nahum describes God as jealous and avenging (v.2) while at the same time being "slow to anger" (v.3). The difference in God's response is always how people respond to him and his message.
As we consider this principle, we must quickly look at ourselves. Do we heed the words of God like Nineveh did when Jonah spoke or are we more like Nineveh under Nahum? Are we quick to listen and obey, or quick to ignore or think of people that need the message more than us? God is patient in that since the flood he has not completely judged the planet but as Revelation describes, the day of the Lord is coming.
Question of the day: How can you do better at allowing God's word to change you?
Father God, help me to become more like your Son Jesus. Help me to hear your words and apply them to my life. Keep me humble and repentant, knowing that this is the place of intimacy with you. Amen.