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Nahum 1:8
...but with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh; he will pursue his foes into darkness.

Darkness seems like a cover for those who are fleeing pursuit. It is a time of rest and planning, so that the fleeing can begin again in the morning. But it is not so with God’s pursuit. He pursues His foes into darkness. Darkness is not dark to Him. There is no place that we can hide. The wings of the morning and the uttermost parts of the sea are not enough—He is there. Men who do not want God must blind themselves and determine not to believe He is near. But He is near, and He is calling to the fugitive to return to Him. There is mercy in Christ. There is forgiveness in His blood. Lord, help the fugitive to see, and bring him to Yourself.
Micah 1:8
Because of this I will weep and wail; I will go about barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl.

We are tempted to think that if God were at all like man, it would be the most dignified and restrained of men. If He felt our emotions, it would be with discreetness and propriety. But Micah has God feeling as bad as we do, and expressing it as wildly as some of us might. The vulnerability of a naked man! The howling with grief that sounds like a distressed animal. God says this is how He feels as He thinks of the apostasy of His people and their running after idols. He will deal with their sins, but not from a standpoint of cold principal. His heart is wrenched. Thank You, Lord, for dealing with us with mercy in Jesus Christ.
Jonah 1:8
So they asked him, "Tell us who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"

You have a handle on someone when you know his occupation, his address, his nationality, his ethnic background and what he just did. In the midst of the storm that Jonah brought upon them, they want to know what is going on, and they question him. How do these factors explain the trouble we are in today? Jonah’s immediate answer will have to do with God. Who is he with relation to God, and what has he done with relation to Him? Let us ask ourselves that! What god do we serve and worship? And how does He figure into our present dilemma? Help us see Your place in our dilemma today, Lord Jesus.
Obadiah 8
"In that day", declares the LORD, "will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, men of understanding in the mountains of Esau?"

Wisdom outside of Christ is under the judgment of God. Men can have a pretty good idea how to get along in this world, and they may find quite a lot of success in their pursuits. But man by wisdom cannot find God, and very often the wiser one is in the ways of the world, the more insulated one is against the call of the Gospel. Lord, help us to abandon all attempts to find You by our wisdom; but, believing on Jesus, let us use what wisdom You have given to extol Him! He is made to us Wisdom. We submit all else we know to Him, and worship. Content to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified, we worship You today.
Amos 1:8
"I will destroy the king of Ashdod and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand against Ekron till the last of the Philistines is dead," says the Sovereign LORD.

God knows who is on the throne and who is actually ruling, and He has His particular purpose in dealing with every nation of the world. He is the God of Israel, but He rules over all the nations unbeknownst to us. He will complete His purposes to judge, to exalt, and to destroy. We are reminded by this passage of the authority possessed by God and given to His Son Jesus. Jesus will speak the word to judge one day, but today is the day of salvation, and we are to go to all the world. There is mercy for those most under the curse of God, if they repent and believe.
Joel 1:8
Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth grieving for the husband of her youth.

The picture is one of a young girl formally betrothed, but widowed before the marriage can actually occur--disappointment, grief and devastating loss. God has dashed all hopes of Israel, that they might forsake their hopes in this world and look to Him as their Hope. Don’t they get the point? Can’t they see what God is doing? Joel sees it and appeals to the people of God to recognize His hand, and turn to Him in repentance and faith. These calamities came for a purpose. God is chastising, that His people might run in repentance to Him. Lord, help us to see our calamities as calls from You to draw us closer. May we “kiss the rod” that chastises us to You. You cursed Jesus, that You might bless us. Draw us to Yourself.
Hosea 1:8
After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son.

Trouble is brewing for Israel and Judah, and the names of Hosea’s sons reflect God’s judgment. God has called their mother adulterous and unfaithful, which she is soon to show herself to be. The stage is being set, and these two children will be a part of the whole distressing mess. They will watch their mother go after other men and bring rejection and destruction upon herself. They will see the grief of their father. They will wonder what is going on, and they will cry themselves to sleep many a night. We are not told if they early sought the Lord for themselves, that they might bear His hard dealings with themselves. But we know God, and that His ear is open to our cries.
Lord, draw near to kids today who witness such things in their homes!
Daniel 1:8
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.

Daniel’s mind was made up—he would not defile himself. But he did not choose flat-out confrontation as a course of action. He asked permission to be excused from the fancy wine and food that the king had in mind for his protégées. We can see wisdom, submission, and politeness even in one so young. It has been said that “the boy is father to the man” when one notes how the character choices of a young child turn into the character of the adult. “Even a child is known by his doings”. Daniel started well and became great. Lord, You were a godly child, and You became a godly man. Help us serve You from the first, for Jesus’ sake.

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