It is wonderful to be able to help comforter others. It is a blessing to minister to the sorrowful and stricken ones. What a blessing it is to watch and pray for people who are walking in there Gethsemanes. “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Mt.26;39)
With gentle words and tender sympathy we may impart consolation to the wounded hearts, “I chose out their way, and chief, and dwelt as a king in army, as one that comforteth the mourners.” (Job 29:25) Nahum, while he was the minister of condemnation to the Ninevites, he was also the minister of consolation to his own people in their sadness and sorrow. Luke said that Jesus came to, “To preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to deliverance the captives, the recovering of the sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Lk.4:18) Here in this setting Nahum pointed to God as the stronghold of his people in times of there troubles, “a strong hold in the day of trouble.” (v.7)
We have here a common universe experience. Man is born to “trouble” Trials will arise, conflicts must be engaged in, the cares and anxieties of life press upon us daily, hopes are often frustrated, injustice triumphs. sickness, disease, and death prevail. Our best and dearest pass away from our view, graves are opened, tears fall fast, and exemption from all this is granted to none, each must pass through dark experience. We all must pass through dark experience and encounter adverse influences, this is the way of life.
We have here a deep inward need arising out of this experience. It is implied here that man’s in his circumstance needs help. We know not how to bear the ills of life unaided and alone. He who has to face the pitiless storm needs to be robed spiritual to resist the stress of adverse weather.
The person who must confront the foe is requires to be armed well, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, where with ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (Eph.6:13,16) The need of the sorrowful heart cannot be supplied by any earthy sources.
We see here in this setting that only Jesus can meet our need. “He is a stronghold in the day of trouble.” It was David of old who said,” Thou hast been a shelter for me and a Strong Tower from the enemy,” (Ps.61:3) and the Lord was his “Light and his Salvation” and his “Pavilion” and he was the comfort of his ever grief as well as the Center of his ever joy. David loved the Lord, he trust him, he knew that the dearest experience in life is the experience of God’s love and care.
We may live to see the enemies army gathered about us with all its strength, yet we are to remember, the “Lord is a stronghold in the day of trouble,” Notices what (Lk.21:20) Declare, “And when ye see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation there of is nigh.” and also notice (v.28) “ And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
We must commit our cause to the “Strong one,” and rested in his protection, and cry with holy fervour, “God is our Refuge and strength,” (Isa. 36) We must come to realize that Jehovah is to us a living power, he is the source of our inspiration, the Strength of our hearts and our abiding Portion, and we shall give to the winds all our fear, and in darkest season we shall overcome and at the end of this worlds journey,we shall lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus.“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne.” (Rev.4:10)