Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
THE STORM GOD SENDS TO ARREST YOU (2)
Today, let’s look at another example of an Arresting Storm. Let’s consider for a moment the issues that existed between Jacob and Esau. Here was a familial matter that had torn a family apart for much of their lifetime. It was complicated, and that confusion had begun at birth when twin brother wrestled one another for first place in the birth canal. It was exacerbated by a father with favoritism, a mother with the same condition who also was a bit of a schemer, and one of the brothers who followed his mother’s lead. Here was a chosen family in Abraham’s lineage that was existing in such strife that they were about to greatly hinder, if not stop, the plan God had for that family lineage. Father had to step into this situation and arrest the violators. Consider the following storm scenario.
- Jacob was at great odds with his brother, Esau (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Esau had hated Jacob for the deceit that had stolen his birthright (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Jacob feared what Esau could, and possibly would do to him and his family (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Jacob did all he could to avoid an encounter with Esau (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Jacob even put some of his family in danger to preserve himself and other member of his family (can you see the storm brewing?)
- While moving forward in life, knowing he would one day encounter Esau, Jacob wrestled with an angel, but was still in great fear, even though the Lord had blessed him (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Jacob sends emissaries to Esau, hoping to placate him (can you see the storm brewing?)
- Esau is coming to Jacob with 400 men (can you see the storm brewing?)
- What Jacob perceived as a potentially deadly showdown (a great storm in his life), God had orchestrated to bring him to a place of reconciliation
- All that orchestration was the arresting of Jacob for the work that lay ahead
While to many, this may not have appeared to be a coming storm, in the mind of Jacob, that is precisely what it was, and he was terrified of it. Still, in God’s arresting plan was the final salvation for Jacob and his family, and a restoration of the path he needed to walk to see God’s plan brought about in the future. With both Jacob and Jonah, an arrest brought repentance, a change in thinking, a necessary change in attitude. And in both cases, there was a time of waiting for arrival at a new starting point; a new beginning. In your waiting time, use it wisely and allow the transforming power of God to work in you.
Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Genesis 25-33