Discover His heart: He delivers the good news through His messengers
@ Nahum 1
A few years ago I had the opportunity to trek up a mountain path to the top of a hill overlooking a multicolored tree-studded valley in the Austrian Alps and see the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. And yes, it’s good for all to remember that only God is credentialed to be jealous (verse 2). During that time away, I was privileged to fellowship with missionaries and pastors who minister in the International Churches of Europe. No one deserved this amazing retreat setting more than they did. These messengers, with their beautiful feet, know something about delivering a message of good news, just as the messengers prophesied about in Nahum.
The prophet Nahum delivered a message of judgment to the powerful Assyrians in his prophecy. Assyria’s torment of Israel was coming to an end, and their terrible fate would soon be heralded throughout Israel. “Look! A messenger is coming over the mountains with good news! He is bringing a message of peace. Celebrate your festivals, O people of Judah, and fulfill all your vows, for your wicked enemies will never invade your land again.” (15) God was jealous for His people, just as a husband is jealous over his wife and wants no rivals, and the Assyrians would meet their end because they sought to steal God’s people from Him. The destruction was so complete that the ruins of Assyria’s great cities were not discovered until the 1800’s. God doesn’t mess around.
As I stood at the top of the hill and looked out across the mountains, I imagined messengers reaching the mountain crest from the other side, shouting their message of good news and peace as they came into view. God is jealous for His creation and has sent his messengers to the nations, over the mountains, through the valleys, and across the oceans to declare the good news, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation.” (Isaiah 52:7) They come with a message of deliverance from the enemy’s snare, the enemy who will one day be utterly destroyed. They come with a message of peace and hope.
The path I walked that day was filled with tree roots and rocks, making climbing difficult at times, and I thought of the challenges along the way that our missionaries face as they bring the good news to the nations. I am reminded to pray for a clear path for their beautiful feet, safety along the way and for their resounding message to touch more lives than they have ever imagined.
Moving Forward: So thankful today for His messengers who take His message of peace and hope around the world and grateful for those who brought it to me.
Tomorrow @ Acts 7-8