Zephaniah 3:17 God Will Rejoice Over You

The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

As Israel was being punished for rejecting God and following false gods, God showed Zephaniah that there would come a day when it would be different. God would be saving the people and taking great delight in them. When Jesus came to the earth, God would reach out to the people and provide the salvation that they need. At that time God would be rejoicing over His people.

When a person, who has known God, but walked away from Him, he is usually very miserable. He feels the punishment or correction of God upon his life. God is trying to call him back.

Once the person returns to God, often he still feels the guilt of his past. He feels as though God is still not happy with him and is punishing him for his past sins.

God does not work that way. The purpose in His sending His Son Jesus was to provide for salvation from the past sins. Jesus removes all the sin and guilt in the life of a person. His righteousness is imparted onto the person, so that the person can stand before God.

At that point God rejoices in His child. His infinite love for the person takes over and God rejoices.

If you have chosen to repent of your sins and follow Jesus, God is also rejoicing over you. He is the mighty warrior who can overcome all the sin in your life and remove that sin. God is excited to spend time with you. Because of His great love, He does not want to rebuke you anymore, but to shower His love down upon you.

All of heaven rejoices when one sinner is saved. God is in that group of those in heaven rejoicing over you. God is jumping up and down with joy to spend time with you. He is singing songs to the angels in heaven about you.

You no longer have to fear God, because He is there for you, not against you. Build that great relationship with God today. He is not out to strike you, but to spend time with you and rejoice over you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know Jesus removed your sins; that you will know God is not out to rebuke you; and that you will know God loves to spend time with you.

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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. 

Zephaniah 1:18 The Day Of The Lord’s Wrath

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 earth will be consumed, for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth. Zephaniah 1:18

Zephaniah opens his book talking about the great day of the Lord. It is the day that Jesus returns with vengeance upon all those on the earth who have chosen not to follow Him. God pours out His wrath upon those who have rejected Him. As this occurs, there is nothing that can save any person on the earth from His wrath.

People are always talking about great disasters that could occur upon the earth. Talk about global warming, a meteor striking the earth, flooding, great earthquakes, and other disasters. As they talk about this, most look at it as the fault of men. They also work on doing things that will keep them alive in such an event.

Large bank accounts have been built up and huge safety homes have been built to protect people from all harm. Yet, despite how much money a person has or how secure his home is, it will not protect him from God’s wrath in the end.

When God chooses to destroy the earth, because of sin, it means that everything on this earth will be destroyed. All life on this earth will be destroyed. All the money in the world will not buy salvation from His wrath. Only those who have trusted in Jesus can escape His punishment. Those who have put their trust in Jesus will be removed from this earth and escape the punishment.

Knowing this truth now, should cause you to want to know Jesus more and more, and to put your trust in Him alone. Do not trust in yourself or the things of this world. Follow Jesus to serve and honor Him so that you will be saved from God’s wrath.

Along with your own salvation, tell others about Jesus. Let them know what is coming and how they can be saved from it. Nothing in this world can save any person from God’s wrath except trust in Jesus.

Who or what are you trusting in to save you today?

Are you letting others know this also?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your savior; that you will not trust the things of this world to save you; that you will tell others about Jesus; and that you will be ready for the day of God’s return.

Nahum 2:2 The Lord Will Restore What Was Lost

The LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines. Nahum 2:2

Although Nineveh had crushed Israel for a time, God was striking back at them. He was going to destroy Nineveh. In the process of doing so, God would restore all the splendor that Israel had lost with being taken over. Even though the enemy had destroyed all their crops and laid everything to waste, God would restore it back to Israel.

When Adam and Eve walked on the earth, they had a perfect life. They had the perfect living place, eternal life, and direct walking with God. Nothing could have been more perfect for them. After they were deceived by the enemy, Satan, they lost all of the glory and splendor. As a result people today live in a fallen, non-perfect world.

The fall of Israel to Nineveh is the same way Adam and Eve fell from grace with God. Yet, God immediately set up a plan to restore them. That restoration would take place through the work of Jesus upon the cross. It is a restoration process that is still in progress to this day.

Although you may have never had someone destroy all of your belongings and physically put you into captivity, you have been in captivity and lost the best. You were born into a sinful world, in a sinful state of being. You lost the direct line with God and all the splendor and glory He has for you.

Once you have repented of your sins and began to follow Jesus, the process of restoration has begun. God is in the process of restoring the life and things you had lost. These are the important, eternal things, not the temporary things of this life. Some of these things you may have never realized that you did not have them and that they were available for you.

As a follower of Jesus, you can now have real joy, real peace, real hope, and a real life that is eternal. You can know that someday you will have a home in heaven with God for all eternity. In Christ you are a new creation. You are being restored to what God intended you to be and have, not what the world has made you to be and says.

I pray today that you will know what God has for you; that you will know the glory of God; that God will restore to you the life He wanted you to have; and that you will know the true life in Jesus. 

Micah 4:11-12 Not Understanding God’s Plan

But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, “Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!” But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, that he has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor. Micah 4:11-12

As the nation of Israel was being overtaken by many other nations under the judgment of God, those nations thought that they had great favor. They felt that they must be better than the nation of Israel and that the God of Israel was giving them His favor. In their eyes, they had won the great prize, the land of Israel.

In all of this, they did not realize the plans God had for them. Yes, God was allowing them to destroy Israel, but it was only for a time. Their time of punishment would come for their own sins. God was using those nations to get Israel’s attention and then provide for an even greater salvation.

God has plans that often are greater and longer reaching than most people can see or think of. Very few people have a plan of desiring to go through a disaster or trouble. They want to avoid it, if at all possible. God, however, uses disaster.

If God had not crushed Israel and allowed other nations to take over, things would have been much different. It was the Roman government, a pagan government, that set up a system to be able to spread news around the world very rapidly and safely. This allowed for Jesus to come and the gospel message that He proclaimed to be proclaimed around the world. God used a secular government to bring together His blessings.

Even in today’s society, there are times that the secular world is making choices that seem to go against God. Believers are often worried and scared of those choices. Yet, those choices may be what God is setting up for a greater victory for believers in the end.

When you see things occurring that go against God, pray about it and seek God’s will in it. Do not take a part of those actions, but trust God to work through those actions.

Seek the victory that He promised in Christ Jesus in the end. God is gathering the world up for His victory in the end. The world will not be on the winning side.

I pray today that God will show you what He is doing; that you will trust God’s choices in this world; that you will not fear those in this world; and that you will be on God’s winning side through it all.

Micah 2:6 Not Wanting To Hear The Truth

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say. “Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us.” Micah 2:6

As Micah was warning the people of a coming destruction because of their sins, there were false prophets and people who were saying stop saying those things. They did not want to believe his words, because Israel was God’s chosen nation. How could God ever want to destroy His chosen nation? They felt as though nothing bad would ever happen.

People have not changed since the time of Micah. Most people do not really want to hear the truth about their own lives. They do not want to hear that what they are doing it wrong.

Take a look at the workplace. When a boss comes up to someone and tells him that he is doing his job wrong, most likely the person will take offense to it. Being told that he is wrong is not what a person is usually willing to accept.

Today the world looks at trying to be politically correct. One cannot offend anyone about anything, at any time. The world does not want to hear that they are living in sin and death and judgment is coming. They want the freedom to do what they want, when they want.

This can often occur in the church also. The pastor might start speaking out against certain sins in the lives of people, and many get offended. They tell the pastor not to speak that way. The refuse to hear the truth.

Regardless of what the world thinks or says, as a believer, you must be willing to speak His truth in love. Do not fear speaking the whole word of God, the coming judgment and the provision of salvation.

You must also be willing to take an honest look at your life through the eyes of God and His word. If you look at the Bible, it tells you that nothing you do is worthy of God. That your heart is deceitful and full of wickedness. It is only through the work of Jesus on the cross that you are allowed to be in God’s presence. Yes, God does judge you, but He also provides the salvation you need, if you will accept it.

Are you saying that you do not want to hear the whole word of God?

Or are you willing to accept what God’s Word says about you?

I pray today that you will know the whole word of God; that you will not avoid what God says to you or others; that you will know God’s salvation He provides; and that you will tell the world what God has for them.

Amos 3:7 God Always Warns

Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7

Amos brings out many warnings of coming judgment and destruction against various nations, including Israel. Their destruction is because of sin and rebellion against God. As Amos is giving these warnings, he reminds the people that God never does anything without revealing what He is about to do through the prophets.

Knowing what God is doing or going to do is a question that many people have all the time. People want to know how God is going to deal with a situation in their lives. They want to know when God is going to bring down judgment on those rebelling against Him.

If a person is open to hearing what the Bible says, he will be able to see that a lot of things that are occurring in life have already been prophesied about. The things that God is doing or is allowing to happen has already been promised by God.

Jesus and the prophets prophesied of trouble, persecution, hatred, sin, rebellion, natural disasters, and wars. At the same time they prophesied of judgment, destruction, building up, restoration, salvation, life, healing and more.

God is still doing things to this day. As each day goes by God is giving warnings of what is about to happen. He continually warns of coming judgment upon all people. At the same time He warns of salvation and restoration that He will bring to those who follow Jesus.

Jesus did not just suddenly appear on the earth without warning. God had already revealed what He was going to do. In the same way, Jesus will not suddenly re-appear at the second coming. God is already giving warnings.

In your life, God is wanting to do many different things. For each of those things, God is giving you a warning or revealing what He is going to do. Read the Bible to see what God says He is working on doing.

When a person is following Him with all of his heart, what does God say He will do?

When a person is rejecting God and following the world, what does God say He will do?

It will be no surprise as to what God will do, if you are willing to listen to God. He will reveal what He is going to do.

I pray today that your heart and ears will be open to hearing God; that you will understand the plans God has for you; that you will know what God is doing; and that you will live your life following Jesus.