Nahum 1:2-3 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath….The LORD is slow to anger and great in power. (NIV)
I see both of these when I gaze at the cross, O Lord – your vengeance and anger, your patience and power. For who would inflict such pain and punishment on his only Son? Yes, you hate sin and the sinner. Yet I also see your tremendous love. For who would inflict such punishment on his only Son? Yes, you love me and have forgiven all my sins through Christ’s cross. You are patient with me daily forgiving my sins. Your power is seen in Christ’s cross as he defeated Satan, sin, and death. So daily lead me to that cross to see where I was reconciled and am now empowered to live for you. Amen.