Nineveh. Have you heard of it? If you remember the story of Jonah then you will recognise it as the city that he eventually visits to urge the people to turn from their wickedness and put God in their lives. (I have blogged about Jonah before, so if you would like to check it out, pop “jonah” into the search box and it will take you back to April 2011.)
The people respond to his message and trust God – rich and poor, famous and obscure, leaders and followers. But their new-found faith doesn’t last long. Within a hundred years or so, Nahum describes it as, “a think-tank for lies that seduce and betray” (Nahum 1:11 The Message). Not a great tourist destination, then!
Nahum’s generation in Nineveh cannot piggy back on a previous turning to God. Nor can we presume that any experience of God we have is a once-and-for-all event; rather, “we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it.” (Hebrews 2:1)