Identifying With Zephaniah

Zephaniah wrote his prophecy during the rule of king Josiah. Let me remind you that Josiah took the throne when he was eight years old. 2 Chronicles 34:3 says that he began to seek the Lord. He also destroyed all the idols in the land. When he heard the reading of the law he tore his clothes. Why? He heard about God’s great wrath that was coming. Verse 27 says that he humbled his heart and wept before the Lord. Need I say that we should follow suit because of our present situation?

Zephaniah 3:2 described the fruit of their rebellion: did not obey His voice; did not receive correction; did not trust in the Lord; did not draw near to God. It is time to check our own hearts. Let us make sure we have no heart-idols that usurp the Lord’s place; don’t listen to man’s words but to see God through His word; don’t grumble and complain.

We are created for relationship with the Lord. That never changes. The deeper we go in intimate communion with Him, the more our heart will be free of any sin-traps that would block wholehearted worship.

Zephaniah 3:8 says, “Therefore wait for Me, says the Lord, until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations to My assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.” Though this was speaking about the Day of the Lord, it reveals to us God’s heart against the wicked and their deeds. Let us continue to pray for a mighty in-sweeping of souls into His Kingdom~worldwide revival!

Verse 16 says, “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Let us worship the One and only True God with pure hearts.

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