"The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him," Nahum 1:7
Nineveh was in trouble again. The first time, upon hearing Jonah's message, they repented and turned away from their wickedness. Generations later, they returned to doing evil, this time, God had enough; he was fed up!. Most of this chapter is about the destruction God is going to bring on the city. However, there is a message of hope for Judah among the vision of wrath relayed to Nahum. God is going to free them from the bonds of the Assyrians and give them his protection.
Then and now, God is our fortification when troubles come. We all understand and know this to be true. The second half of that verse is as important as the first, "he protects those who take refuge in him." We should not blithely assume God's protection. His promise is based on our actions. Will we seek him in our time of trouble? Will we humble ourselves and release our cares to God?
God, we give thanks for your refuge and protection. We acknowledge you are our stronghold. We confess that we often take this protection for granted and frequently and stubbornly think we don't need your help. Please help us to relinquish ourselves and all our troubles to you. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.