Just a couple more Old Testament weeks and then we will soar into the New Testament! I am so enjoying our Wednesdays together and seeing what God is speaking to you all. Please drop into the comments below and tell us what touched you in Zephaniah, then be ready for Haggai next week!
Zephaniah 3:17–The Lord your God is is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Bear withe me this week, because there is a story behind this intensely personal verse. But before we get there, isn’t this one awesome? This is my favorite image of God in the whole Bible. (Okay, one of them. Jesus as the triumphant rider on the white horse is probably my ultimate number one fave, but I digress.)
Just a couple of months after God delivered me from the fear that had crippled me for nine years, He threw a little curve ball our way in the form of another move. We were currently stationed in my hometown, had only been there 18 months, and WHAM! Hello whole new place! I was just learning God and His love for me, just growing into this new person, and was just settling in to this new life He’d given me. This is why I’m pretty sure God is not about letting us get too comfortable. 🙂 Oddly enough, me-who-hated-to-move was super excited about this one. God told me early on that this was one of His “good gifts” He likes to give to His children, even though it didn’t seem like it at the moment. Interesting.
At any rate, just a few days before we headed to our new state, a friend of mine was praying for me, and she spoke this verse as she prayed. It slapped me right upside the heart in a way I hadn’t really thought about it before. God loves me. He loves me enough to rejoice over me, even though I fall and fail and come unglued and mess it all up on a daily basis. And for a person who fought an intense battle with fear, the very idea that He is mighty to save and quiets me with His love is overwhelming.
When it comes to God’s love, this may be one of the greatest displays of it–next to Jesus’s sacrifice–in the Bible. I love how, in the midst of prophets convicting Israel, God drops this verse and says, “See? I still love you, and I love you enough to sing over you.” Awesome. Just plain awesome!