Nahum 1:3 (NIV)
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.
His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
and clouds are the dust of his feet.
In 1930, Haile Selassie became the Emperor of Ethiopia. The Christian ruler was the 111th emperor in succession of King Solomon. Upon assuming power, Selassie sought to modernize the nation. He built schools and universities, established newspapers, expanded electricity and telephone service and increased public health services.
Then in October 1935, Italian forces under the orders of Benito Mussolini invaded Ethiopia. Selassie's forces were no match for the Italian army and in May 1936, he went into exile. He appealed for help to the League of Nations, saying:
"Apart from the Kingdom of the Lord there is not on this earth any nation that is superior to any other. Should it happen that a strong Government finds it may with impunity destroy a weak people, then the hour strikes for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom? God and history will remember your judgment."
The League did not help and for the next five years Selassie remained in Britain trying to garner world support against Italy with little results.
One day, British field marshal Sir William Edmund Ironside asked Emperor Selassie what he was going to do now? Selassie, known as "The Lion of Judah" replied: "After all, there is God!"
In May of 1941, Selassie's faith in the power of God was rewarded as he re-entered Ethiopia and remained Emperor until 1974.
Is there an "impossible situation" in your life? Rely on God’s power to overcome the situation.
Dear Lord, help us always look to Your power as we face each situation. Thank You for always being there for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.