Tag: seek righteousness
Scripture reading for September 25th: Zephaniah 1-3
“The great day of the Lord is near–near and coming quickly. Listen! The cry on the day of the Lord will be bitter, the shouting of the warrior there. . . Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath. In the fire of His jealousy the whole world will be consumed, for He will make a sudden end of all who live in the earth.” (Zephaniah 1:14, 18)
Zephaniah was raised up during the time of Josiah, a godly king of Judah who led in a revival. (2nd Chronicles 34:1-7) Josiah cleansed the temple and the land of idols and repaired the temple. However, this revival was shallow and did not deter God’s people from their complacency and half-hearted worship. Zephaniah was given an end-time message of coming judgment for the wicked on the ‘day of the Lord’. This day would come suddenly with no time to escape. It would come to all who live on the earth! (Revelation 22:12-13)
“Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord comes upon you, before the day of the Lord’s wrath comes upon you. Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility: perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:1-3) The remedy for this coming day of wrath was to gather together as God’s people and humbly seek Him! It sounds so simple and yet is so profound. God gives grace to the humble but opposes the proud. (1st Peter 5:5)
“Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! For the Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. . .The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:14-15,17) These are some of the most encouraging and comforting words in the Old Testament. God answers prayer and does for His people what they cannot do! He saves us with His mighty love!