Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Today’s Reading: Nahum 1-2

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Looking east from the Zion Gate towards the Mount of Olives you can see Jerusalem’s City walls. Perhaps Nahum had such walls in mind when he wrote that the Lord is “A stronghold in the day of trouble.”

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good,

A stronghold in the day of trouble;

And He knows those who trust in Him.


Anyone quickly reading today’s chapters may well assume that Nahum is only about judgment. Why? Because the theme is about the destruction of Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian Empire, as a result of the evil of their rule. By consistent reading of the Scriptures, we would not jump to that conclusion; we would remember that 100 years before Nahum’s prophesies, Jonah preached in the streets of Nineveh, the entire city repented, and they were spared from disaster. Nineveh became the mightiest city on earth. In 1842 the city was excavated by archeologists, and they found walls 100 feet high and wide enough to allow three chariots to run abreast, as well as a moat 150 feet wide and 60 feet deep. Nahum predicted Nineveh’s destruction by an “overwhelming flood,” and 18 years later the Tigris river flooded, destroying part of the wall. The Babylonians invaded through this breach and Nineveh was destroyed, and its people subjugated.

Ten times in today’s reading the word “Lord” is found. While God is merciful and patient, justice for the nations must prevail sooner or later in time, and it is guaranteed in eternity. In chapter two, notice the word “excellence” repeated twice. God promises “excellence” to His people. Here’s the challenge to find this excellence! Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily!


Lord God, I pray for excellence in all my ways. May I have the determination spiritually that the people of Israel were exhorted to have physically in their restoration. You are Good! You are my Stronghold in my time of trouble! You know me because I trust in You! Amen!!!


[NOTE: This blog was originally written by David Mainse on April 17, 2016]

Here I am, 25 months past the date when it was predicted I would die of acute MDS leukemia. Sometimes I feel like a teenager again, filled with energy and positive thoughts for the future. “The Lord is GOOD!” In the days of trouble over the past four years, I quote daily that couplet I heard my father say, “Be my symptoms what they will, Jesus is my Healer still.” I’m very aware of another saying my dad said, “Man proposes, but God disposes!”

Yours for finding the reasons why God has put each one of us here on earth, and for fulfilling His purposes!!!


P.S. My son, Ron, showed me on his computer how you can take each day’s blog photograph location and get a 360 degree look all around the place where my other son, David Reynold, took the photos. If you haven’t tried it yet, click the “Google Maps” link under the photo and explore the area by dragging and dropping the little yellow man (located on the bottom right of the map). Then you will get the “street view,” and you can look all around by clicking the right or left arrows, which rotate the view.

5 thoughts on “Wednesday, April 17, 2024

  1. I agree with you Doreen, technology is exciting but it is also unnerving that the whole world can spy on our every move… I am comfortable that the Lord watches my every move and is there whenever I call. He does it without modern technology and because h He loves and cares for my well being, spiritually and physically. I am not so comfortable being watched by governments and evil ones all over the world.

    • Thank you,Doreen.You may not see this either but,because I have been coming on here late at night,I either don’t comment or make it brief and often I can’t think of anything to say but a poem will be heavy on my mind so I will post it alone.I posted one last night and the attached note explains it.
      I’m very sleepy and will p-ost this and go to bed.Hugs N blessings

      Sharon’s Only Rose

      My soul cries from deep within,
      For the wounds caused my own sin
      Where darkness is my closest kin,
      In a battle only You can win.

      You,Lord,have created me
      To find the light that’s ever free
      Or to walk for eternity
      In darkness where no truth can be.

      You,Lord,are the One that knows
      Of the darkness that we oppose,
      And while you’re Sharon’s only Rose;
      I’m still imprisoned in sorrows throes.

      The dark of night is a thief
      Where my own heart bestows the grief
      So change my heart to bring relief
      That my life’s torment is only brief.

      Knowing this you sent a Light,
      One Who speaks softly of Your might
      And taught us how to do what’s right,
      Removing e’er the eternal night.

      So He knows our weakness well,
      For He came here with us to dwell;
      Then within,our darkness to quell
      And to meet us there at death’s last knell.
      (G W) Bill Marshall/15Feb, 2016

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