Do you ever feel like Zephaniah?
From sun up to sun down we are bombarded with the world view, the culture, the signs of the times. Many say the end times. You walk through your day confident in your salvation and very sincerely live your life as a reflection of Christ. Many days you might wonder who really notices; not many care. Some might embrace your quiet servitude others mock it. Like Zephaniah, the way we walk in our faith, should be not only our testament but a warning to those who are indifferent to what could happen at any moment. Just knowing what lies ahead for those who refuse to acknowledge God sends a chill up my spine.
At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, “The Lord will do nothing, either good or bad.” Zephaniah 1: 12
Don’t you know people who are complacent?…even Christians can be complacent, but those who think God will not extend His wrath, that the wrath of God is just a story in a book called the Bible…some days I just want to shake them an tell them to wake up. There are even days when I want to shake myself because at the end of the day I know that I put many idols between me and God. Not intentionally but I do none the less.
…those who turn back from following the Lord and neither seek the Lord nor inquire of him. Zephaniah 1:6
Just thinking that I can handle my problems by myself is turning my back on Him and making myself an idol and that’s just the tip of my sin.
I tried to imagine the other day what I would feel like if my husband shared the moments of his day with another women. Not only that but then he seeks her for comfort…how would I feel?
Jealous.Vengeful. Angry. Hurt. Full of wrath.
That’s about as close as I can get to understanding the way God must hurt when we turn from Him and seek someone or something else instead of Him. The Lord’s wrath towards Judah as written in Zephaniah should be a wake up call to all mankind. But many don’t understand the Bible or many don’t think it applies to us today.
I read Zephaniah over and over again. Knowing that the text is talking about Judah, but considered how it mirrors our world today. Now I must consider my part in our world and understand there will be wrath, but then there will be a blessing….our eternal life with God.
Be silent before the Sovereign Lord, for the day of the Lord is near. The Lord has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited. Zephania 1:7-8