“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” - Zephaniah 3:17 New Living Translation
Since there were no superpowers among the nations surrounding Israel to threaten them with annihilation, the Israelites had become spiritually complacent. King Josiah had vowed to bring repentance to the peoples of Israel after the evil reign of both Manasseh and Amon was over. Zephaniah, a prophet during the time of Jeremiah, was chosen by God to warn the people of his coming wrath if they didn’t return to him by seeking his face and obeying his word once again.
This accounting is a reflection of things today. Even as followers of Christ we allow our faith to ebb and flow based on circumstances. We become reactionary, moving only when we are threatened, rather than preparing in advance to side step such troublesome encounters. Since Christ’s ascension newly redeemed individuals have had the Holy Spirit residing within them. The Spirit wishes to train us in the way that we should go and empower us against the forces of evil. It’s all part of God’s plan for us to save and keep us throughout eternity.
Knowing God loves us no matter what should calm any fears we may have in this life. It is very natural for those who have eyesight to become agitated and concerned based on that which they see with their own eyes. God is telling us to focus on him instead of the circumstances and we will find peace. Now we simply need to work at practicing this sound advice. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.