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Zephaniah 2

SCRIPTURE

Zephaniah 2:3, “Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you—protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” (NLT)

OBSERVATION

Nothing strengthens success like momentum. Nothing accelerates failure like momentum. There is a momentum to the world. Momentum is movement in an established direction multiplied by the force of decisions without thought and action without effort. Momentum is a powerful tool when you’re headed the right direction and a wicked taskmaster when you’re headed the wrong direction.

I believe it’s one reason why God built a Sabbath Day into his plan. He knew that momentum would build and we would need time to pause, to reflect, to slow down, get our bearings, determine whether or not we’re headed the right way, make whatever course corrections are necessary and move on.

Zephaniah 2 is that pause.

Once more God reveals his preference. Judgement must come, but it doesn’t have to be the judgement of devastation. It can be the judgement of forgiveness. It doesn’t have to bring destruction. It can bring restoration. If only we will pause, seek the Lord and follow his commands.

APPLICATION

It’s time to pause. Where is the momentum of your life taking you? Are you headed the right direction? Are you moving at the right pace. Momentum can be a powerful force for good or a cruel force for evil. Will the momentum of your life carry closer to God today or further away? Will the momentum of your choices deepen your relationship with your spouse, strengthen your relationship with your friends and build a better future with your children…or will it do the other thing?

It’s time to pause, seek the Lord. Humble yourself. Follow him.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the Sabbath Day. Thank you for making it one of your 10 Commandments. Thank you for building moments of rest into your plan for me and your world. I pray that you would build momentum in the right direction into me and that when I get headed the wrong direction I would pause long enough to know the course corrections you want me to make. Today I want to pause, seek the Lord, humble myself do what is right, and follow you. As I do, fulfill Zephaniah 2:3 in me – protect me from your anger and lead me in your way.

I love you, in Jesus name –
Chad

Get Some Rest

It’s Saturday.

a.k.a. – The Sabbath Day – a time for rest.

I’ve always pushed myself. I like how it feels to go further than you thought you could go, accomplish more than you imagined possible and do more while the sun shines! There are still new things to see, projects to pursue, another mountain to climb and more interesting people to meet.

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

But that’s not really what the Bible says.

  • Proverbs 23:4, “Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!”
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
  • Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
  • Psalm 127:2, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep.
  • Proverbs 3:21 & 24, “My son…keep sound wisdom and discretion…When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.”

Sometimes, the most godly thing you can do is rest.