My bible reading plan has taken me through the minor prophets. Today I was in Zephaniah 3.
It reminded me that my hope is in God and his plan of salvation for the world. It is frustrating and useless to hope in anything else.
“The Lord has taken away His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; You will fear disaster no more. In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: “ Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. “I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts— They came from you, O Zion; The reproach of exile is a burden on them. “Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth. “At that time I will bring you in, Even at the time when I gather you together; Indeed, I will give you renown and praise Among all the peoples of the earth, When I restore your fortunes before your eyes,” Says the Lord.”
Zephaniah 3:15-20 –
In Jesus, God has removed all the judgments against me, my two worst enemies, sin and death, are defeated and powerless against the blood that Jesus shed on the cross, and the power that raised him from the dead.
There is hope. His name is Jesus.