“Trouble will not rise up a second time.”

Nahum 1:9
What do you plot against the LORD?  He will make a complete end; trouble will not rise up a second time.

In the book of Nahum, God promises Israel to destroy their enemy. Israel’s brutal treatment by the Assyrians of Nineveh has not gone unnoticed. God will repay and wipe out Nineveh with a flood.

God assures them that the devastation is “complete” and “trouble will not rise up a second time.” I love that phrase – Trouble will not rise up a second time. Though the Assyrians troubled Israel the first time, there will not be a second time. Why? Because it will be completely destroyed. Not a remnant will be left to cause anymore problems.

How does this help us today? We as Christians have been enslaved by Satan and sin. After Christ’s redeeming work on the cross, we have been released from the devil’s grasp. The author of Hebrews declares:

Hebrews 2:14-15

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself (Jesus) likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

Jesus has destroyed the devil. This doesn’t mean that the devil is annihilated but that his hold over us is gone. There are two more effects: 1) We are no longer slaves to sin, 2) We need not fear death. Why not? Because Jesus intercedes for us as our great high priest. A few verses later, we read:

Hebrews 2:17

Therefore [Jesus] had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Propitiation is a technical term to mean that Jesus makes peace with God for us through his sacrifice. God’s wrath has been appeased because of what Jesus did and continues to do for us in heaven. As Israel has been delivered from the hands of Nineveh, believers have been delivered from the hands of the devil! The same promise remains as it did hundreds of centuries before: Trouble will not rise up a second time.

God has promised that the devil will not be able to cause problems for us a second time. In popular lingo, the devil ain’t got nothin’ on you! The only way that the devil can touch you is if you reject God’s protection and Jesus’ work. I believe that you are saved only if you choose to remain in Christ! Once you step out from God’s circle, you are fodder for the devil. Yet, if you remain in Christ’s atoning work and aim to live a godly life, trouble will not rise up as second time. What’s your decision today?

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