Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Zephaniah 3:4-5 NIV 2011

Her prophets are unprincipled; they are they are treacherous people.

Her priests profane the sanctuary and do violence to the law.

The Lord within her is righteous; he does no wrong.

Morning by morning he dispenses his justice, and every new day he does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.

 

Zephaniah, a prophet of God, was sent to address the people of Judah. He was a fourth-generation descendant of Hezekiah, Zephaniah 1:1, “the son of Hezekiah…” He called for Judah to repent while God abandoned the surrounding territories. Like Israel, Judah and specifically Jerusalem was unfaithful to the Lord. Jeremiah 23:11, “Both prophet and priest are godless…” He reminded the people who God is: perfect, righteous, just and merciful. Deuteronomy 32:4, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect and all his ways are just.” God holds everyone accountable yet remains merciful to those who repent.

 

Whether I worked at a bank, McDonald’s or an airline, I was accountable for the cash drawer I was given. If my drawer didn’t balance, there was paperwork to fill out for the overage or shortage. After salvation, God holds me accountable for my sins. When I allow sin to persist in my life, I’m unable to remain close to the Lord. My job is to keep a short/balanced account by confessing my sins daily. I will give an account when I stand before the Lord God Almighty.

 

What sin remains unconfessed today?

 

Thankful He is Merciful,

S

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