Zephaniah 2:3 What To Search For

Looking on a beach

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 

As a person is growing up he begins to search for what he wants to do with his life. The challenge of trying to decide what type of career the person would like to do for income looms great in one’s mind.

Throughout life many people will continue to search for meaning and purpose in life. They will seek these things in many different places and things. This will become even more of a concern, when one begins to go through tough times and everything is falling apart.

Zephaniah tells the people to seek God, His righteousness and humility. This is to be done as one sees the day of God’s judgement coming.

God’s patience does not last forever with people or nations. For each person or nation there comes a day of judgement. God will not put up with sin forever. Before the final judgement at the end of time, God has days where He will strike nations or individuals to get their attention back on Him.

Those who are humble and realize that God is in control will seek God. They will seek God to find out what He desires for them. They will turn from sin, repenting in humility as they seek His righteousness and holiness.

Only when a person turns to God and seeks His way of living, will God begin to protect them from the judgement coming. God can work in a way to spare them as others are judged and struck to get their attention. Miracles can occur during times of famine, drought, disaster, disease, sickness, pandemics, or any other event that hits nations or people to get their attention, to shelter those who trust in Him.

You may see disaster, sickness and death all around you, however, you do not need to fear any of those things. Do not seek the ways of this world to get through the troubles. Seek God, His kingdom, His righteousness and holiness and you will be doing what God desires for you to do.

As you are doing what God is wanting you to do, He will put His hand of favor upon you and protect you from judgement. He will give you strength to make it through troubling times.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God in everything you do; that you will seek God’s righteousness in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Psalm 60:1 God Does Get Angry

Lightning and lighthouse

You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry–now restore us! Psalm 60:1 

Some people appear to never get angry. It seems as though they have perfect patience in every situation and that nothing will ruffle their feathers. Most people enjoy being around someone like this.

Others appear to always be angry. Every time a person just looks at them or says something, they get angry. Nothing can make them happy. These types of people are often avoided at all costs.

People do not like to be rejected or have someone angry with them. Sometimes it cannot be avoided, but most will strive to avoid causing conflict.

David had realized that God had been angry with His people. God had rejected them for a time, but now David was asking God to restore them.

It is common for people to act like God never gets angry, that He is always happy and just full of love. While it is true God is full of love, He does get upset with the choices that people make.

When a person chooses to walk in sinful ways and refuse to repent, God is not happy. When that person does all of this and still claims to believe in and live for God, He begins to get angry.

Although God gets angry, it is a controlled anger. He allows things to happen and consequences of those sins to come into the person’s life. These happen to draw the person back to Him.

God is waiting and ready to forgive and restore, as soon as the person is ready to be restored. He does not get angry quickly and He does not stay angry. As soon as the person turns towards Him, His anger subsides and He begins the restoration process.

If you are living in some sin, purposefully sinning, turn back to God. He is waiting there for you to return so that He can forgive you and restore you. He has a plan for your life and it is not one that He has planned in anger.

As you live in sin, you will not know the joy and peace of God. You will only feel His anger and lose His favor. Yet, God will take you back in an instant and restore you. His anger will go away immediately.

Living for God will bring you God’s great favor and building in your life. Are you allowing Him to restore and build you?

I pray today that you will turn to God from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that you will know the love God has for you; and that you will not live in a way that brings about God’s anger upon you.

1 Kings 14:22-23 Stirring Up God’s Anger

Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 1 Kings 14:22-23

After Solomon had died, the nation of Israel was split into two nations: Israel to the north, and Judah to the south. Rehoboam, one of Solomon’s sons, became king of Judah and led the people into more sin. On top of just committing many sins, they also set up idols everywhere throughout the land. With all of these sins being done, it had stirred up God’s jealous anger, because He was the only true God and the only One to be worshipped.

In various parts of the world physical idols or statues are still worshipped as gods. In more “modern” countries, such as most of Europe and America, the thought of worshipping an idol is a foreign concept. Most people would reject that idol as strange and ridiculous.

Yet, many people throughout Europe and America worship “idols” daily. Their idols are not seen a physical statues that are called ‘gods’. They worship their jobs, houses, cars, hobbies, positions, family, money, status, and the list goes on forever. People focus all their time and attention on these “idols”.

Even some Christians tend to stray into idol worship at times. They idolize certain speakers, or the physical church building, or their position in the church, and many other things in this life.

Regardless of being Christian or not, all idol worship stirs up God’s anger. He is the only one, true God and wants to be seen and worshipped as that.

As a believer you must take a look at where you spend your time and attention. Is it on God and the things He wants…worshipping Him?

Or is it on the physical things of this world?

Do not let your actions stir up the anger of God in your life.  Worship God and God alone.

I pray today that God will reveal any idols in your life; that you will turn from all idol worship to God; that you will worship God alone; and that your actions will please God.