“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him” (1:7). Nahum prophesied the downfall of Nineveh, a major Assyrian city that threatened Israel (in a different time period than Jonah). The fierce language directed at Nineveh would have comforted the Israelites, reminding them that God was their “stronghold”; He “will pursue His enemies into darkness” (1:8). He is “slow to anger,” yet He will punish the wicked (1:3).
“Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace!” (1:15). God does not ignore the suffering in our world. The good news is that our King has come, and is coming, bringing justice and peace.