Today, the first couple verses of Zephaniah cannot be watered down or dressed up with a big fuzzy bow and some fairy dust haha. As much as our God is 100% love and grace, He is also a God who is 100% just. The mere thought of everything on the face of the earth getting swept away by the fire of the Lord is an intense image that I can’t even fathom. Instantly, religious/defensive christians begin to raise their voices in excitement that “wicked people” are “getting what they deserve”...but if it’s about “getting what we deserve” then we should all be swept away. Let the righteous man boast in what his hands have given him and he will soon see that it is nothing. We all will be judged, but those that seek the LORD and seek RIGHTEOUSNESS and HUMILITY will find the Lord as their great and mighty defender, they will find shelter in His name alone.
The Lord is our Defender. To say that is to rest in the fact that He is the one doing the defending. If we are seeking righteousness and pursing lives of humility, we can’t live lives that are easily offended. The two are in contradiction as light is from darkness. The Kingdom of God is unoffendable because it is centered around the GREAT DEFENDER.
We must choose to live lives that are unoffendable. We don’t need to defend ourselves when someone twists our words, turns people against us or mocks us for seeking first His kingdom and righteousness. We don’t need to defend ourselves because we rest in the confidence that our God is our defender who knows the truth about us. Neither should we become arrogant that our God will make things right and burn away all of our enemies. Our attitude should always be that of Christ, who was mocked, beaten, spit on...His words were twisted, His message was distorted, His life was thought to be blasphemous and yet HE SAID NOTHING. He corrected no one. He didn’t silence the mockers. He didn’t round-house kick the Sanhedrin, He didn’t call down fire from heaven to consume those nailing His hands to the cross. NO! His prayer for them was that God would forgive them for they didn't know what they were doing.
WOW, WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE!
To this we were called, because Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should walk in His steps...When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; When He suffered He made no threats. Instead He intrust Himself to Him who judges justly, His GREAT DEFENDER! (1 Peter 2:21,23) That is the life we’ve been called to! The heart that is unoffendable and desires forgiveness and grace for it’s enemies.
The Lord your God 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! Zephaniah 3:17
We have nothing to fear when the Lord is with us and for us, He is our Great Defender, He will quiet us with His love, Amen!