Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (329 words)
Zephaniah 3:17 (ESV): "17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."
Any parent knows the difficulty of letting a child fail, then disciplining them so that they can learn and be built up. It's a painful endeavor but necessary for growth. God is the Master at this. He allows us to fail, then disciplines us so He can restore us. Redemption and restoration is His ultimate goal.
Zephaniah was a descendant of Hezekiah and the last of the pre-exilic prophets to warn Judah of the judgment coming, namely the Babylonian captivity. It is said that he sums up the warnings of the previous eight pre-exilic prophets. He wrote during Josiah's reign and warned of "the day of the Lord" which is always a reference to incoming judgment.
It's interesting how God never fails to mention redemption and salvation following judgment. After two and a half chapters of judgment talk, we come to the restoration exhortation. God is a God who seeks to redeem and restore but He won't do that without allowing us to first experience failure and correction. He is a good Father who wants us to grow in maturity. It's not fun for God but necessary.
If you are in a time of correction, never fear for redemption and restoration will come if you will humble yourself and learn the lesson. God is Judge but also Savior. His heart is to save but He will never do so unjustly. He requires repentance before restoration. So repent and be saved! Amen?
Father, what a good Dad You are to us. Help us to see Your correction is meant to move us closer to You. May we come humbly and quickly to receive Your grace and be restored we pray in Jesus' name, amen.