Zephaniah cries out: seek the LORD, seek righteousness, seek humility. The NKJV puts the translation: It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’s anger. Jew and Gentile, all are accountable to God for their actions, policies, plans. Whatever other Australians do, let us seek the Lord!
Here is a truth, a reality, that Zephaniah’s words tell us in this passage today.
The Lord’s anger burns against both His people in their sin (and He one of the vehicles for repentance was using other nations) AND those nations He uses, when they think it’s their own strength and wisdom that brings about their rising to power over His people (or just rising in general).
This is a general purpose the Lord has, is working out, will bring to completion at the end; for all the earth to bow to Him.
“The LORD will be awesome against them; for he will famish all the gods of the earth, and to him shall bown down, each in its place, all the lands of the nations.”
Let’s be encouraged to wrestle with this as applicable in our world today, with all that is happening (and has happened in generations past, and will happen in those to come).
* Gracious Father,
Put within us a longing for the day when all the nations, all the lands, bow down before You.
Affect within us a motivation and desire to promote Your gospel, to bring Your name glory, to live as Your people in Your kingdom under Your rule.