from Lynda Lindsey
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do His just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord. Zephaniah 2:3
The seacoast shall become the possession of the remnant of the house of Judah, on which they shall graze…For the Lord their God will be mindful of them and restore their fortunes. Zephaniah 2:7
The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17
There is an ever-hastening coming day of the Lord in which God will utterly sweep away evil, wickedness, pride, arrogance, corruption and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of Him. Woe in that day to scoffers, deceivers, liars, and those who refuse godly correction. Woe to the complacent who say in their hearts there is no God; woe to violent, self-seeking, self-serving men who exalt themselves over God, who worship profane idols and gain wealth by unjust means. No amount of ill-gotten gain will provide relief in that coming day of God’s justice. But rejoice, God is with us!
Shout and sing aloud, rejoice and exult with all your heart, for Immanuel is in our midst! He is mighty to save; He takes away the judgments against us, clears away our enemies, and frees us from fear. Shore up weak hands; lift them in praise to our mighty God in our midst! Our God rejoices over us with gladness, exults over us with loud singing, and quiets us by His love. Fear God; love Him wholeheartedly. Repent. Mourn sin and oppression. Be steadfast; God deals with our oppressors in His time, gathers and saves the repentant, the lame, the outcast and turns our shame into praise!
Judah, before God’s judgment, overflowed with milk, honey, and fragrant olive oil. Afterwards Judah was overrun by nettles, weeds, and salt pits, rendering the soil barren, unproductive and as useless as sin-ravaged lives; yet God preserved a remnant through whom Messiah came conquering sin and death. Jesus’ return is certain; He’s even now searching for hearts that seek Him in order to hide us in Himself and keep us safe in the day of His final judgment. His mercies are new every morning! Seek His shelter, His mercy. Call on Him, the One in our midst who delights to save and restore!