Zephaniah 2:3 Seek The Lord

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 2:3

Zephaniah is encouraging any person who is humble and does what He commands to seek the Lord. They are to seek righteousness and humility, praying for God’s protection as He pours out His wrath upon the land and people. At this point, Zephaniah does not know if God will shelter them from His anger, it is only a hope that He will.

Even though thousands of years have passed, things have not changed. Nations, as a whole, have chosen to walk away from God. They have chosen to follow after false gods, rejecting God and doing their own thing. This is building up God’s judgment and anger against them.

There is coming a day when Jesus will return. In that return, two things will happen: one is that He will pour out His judgment upon the earth. The other is that He will take all His people with Him.

Every person is sinful and cannot save himself, he is in need of a savior. One must humble Himself and seek God. God has revealed this Savior in Jesus. Every believer must keep their eyes on Jesus and seek His righteousness. As one seeks His righteousness, he is being humble, acknowledging that he cannot save himself.

Unlike when Zephaniah was speaking, you can know that God will save you. You may or may not be saved from physical danger in this life, but you can know that you will be saved from eternal condemnation. You will be sheltered from the day of God’s wrath upon all sin, if you are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation.

In order to trust in Jesus, you must be humble and seeking His righteousness, not your own. You must be willing to do what He commands at all times. Outside of Jesus, you will fail and will have a reason to fear God’s anger.

You can know the salvation that He provides for you. You can live without fear. Seek Him today while He may be found, while there is still time. Know the love and salvation that God has for you today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the judgment of God; that you will seek the righteousness of Jesus; and that you will remain humble before God. 

1 Kings 21:28-29 The Results Of Being Humble

Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite: “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will  not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” 1 Kings 21:28-29

Ahab had committed and caused Israel to commit more sins than any other king before him. He disobeyed God’s laws, set up false idols, and had innocent people killed. God had chosen to destroy his household and remove him from being king. When it was made known to Ahab what God was going to do, he immediately humbled himself and went around in sackcloth. God saw his humility and chose not to bring on the disaster on his household while he was living.

People will make mistakes on and off throughout their life. Some of these mistakes will be made out of a lack of knowledge, while others will be made on purpose in full knowledge of the wrong being done. Sin is the true meaning of these “mistakes”.

The common thing to happen when a wrong action is revealed is to place the blame on someone else. People want to excuse their sin for some reason or other. They blame society, or their parents, or the school, or the economy, or the police, or a job, or a gang, or a sickness, or one of an endless count of other reasons to do what they did. Regardless of who or what was behind their choices, they still made the choice to sin.

There are times in your life that you have been guilty of doing something wrong. Blaming others will not erase your action. It is humbling yourself before God and admitting you yourself, alone had sinned. It is completely your fault.

When you admit to God that you had sinned, Jesus is standing there ready to forgive you. He will see your humility and remove the disaster that was to come upon you because of your sin. The ultimate disaster is destruction of your life and eternal separation from God.

God wants to forgive you, but you must be humble and admit you did wrong.

Are you humble today before God?

I pray today that you humble  yourself before God; that you will allow God to control your life; that you will turn away from all sin; and that you will know the blessings of serving God with all of your life.