Today we completed reading the remarkable prophecy of Zephaniah. Yesterday’s chapter 2 was personal and challenging. “Seek the LORD, all you humble … who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD” (verse 3). Today we read about the day of His anger: the climax of human history when God finally carries out His “decision” to deal with human godlessness, a time when “the unjust knows no shame” (verse 5). That describes our world today.
Verse 8 is striking for the godly reader, “Therefore wait for me,’ declares the LORD, ‘for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed”.
Then the next verse shows what God does after this. “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord”. Some think this verse is saying that “all of them” that call upon the Lord have this language, that the curse of Babel is to be removed when God confounded human speech so men could not understand one another. The previous time this Hebrew word occurs is in the last chapter of Daniel: “… the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined …” (verses 9,10).
In 1 John we are challenged to “see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure” (3:1-3).
Have you said from your heart “… my decision is …”. Or will you soon say it? We all have to make a decision. Oh the wonder awaiting “those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with …” that of the apostles. If you have made a decision then the challenge is to grow your faith stronger.