Zephaniah 3:2 She heeded no voice, She accepted no instruction. She did not trust in the LORD, She did not draw near to her God. NASB
A myriad of responses flood me when I read this passage: disdain, fear, frustration. But today I am overwhelmed by sorrow. Intense sorrow. This is a picture of real brokenness. I have seen this in others’ lives. I have seen it in mine. I have tasted and I have seen the trouble it brings.
It is never good.
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. NASB
We need to come wanting to hear from Him, to accept His counsel, longing for His words. We sometimes come in pretense, not prepared to listen at all. Our hearts are not blank slates ready to be written on. They are filled with our own thoughts and predetermined counsels. We worship Him but do not make room for His word. According to the above verse, that is not good. In fact, it may be downright evil.
James 4:8 Say a quiet yes to God and he'll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. The Message
I think that says clearly what God wants – “Quit playing the field.”
“Playing the field.” Doesn’t conjure up feelings of respect and admiration, does it? A woman who plays the field is not a picture of purity, devotion, and honor.
“Purify your inner life.” We’re getting to heart issues now. With Jesus, it always comes down to the heart, doesn’t it? If you were a husband, a lover, wouldn’t the heart matter to you?
“Say a quiet yes to God.” Just let go of preconceived notions. Let go. Acquiesce to His word. Show Him that you trust Him. Isn’t He trustworthy?
“Quit dabbling in sin.” Do we want to hear from Him or is there some sin that has won our hearts? Lay it down. Choose His word instead.
God speaks through His chosen people. He has given us so many faithful leaders. Listen to their words. Accept their authority in your life. It comes from God. This is a place of safety and well-being.
Read the Word. It is for you today. Apply the principles and find abundant life.
Walk by the Spirit. He will lead you. But you must come ready to hear.
Not heeding the voice of counsel, failing to accept instruction, not trusting in the Lord, not drawing near to God – this is a sorrowful picture. This is a life that is broken. And it need not be so.