THE STORY OF JESUS: Zephaniah 1-3
“The Mighty Warrior… will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:18)
This image of God singing over His children with joy is striking.
This is not what comes to mind when we think ‘mighty warrior’.
I imagine a father or mother snuggling their toddler and singing.
This is an image of tenderness and comfort.
Which is surprising, given the tone of judgment in these words.
God will come like a mighty warrior to deal with our sin and immorality.
God hates sin, and He hates what it does to us, to others, and to creation.
But His heart is not to be a mighty warrior, but a loving father.
He has to be a mighty warrior, but He WANTS to be a loving father.
We should never forget God’s anger at sin, and how serious sin is.
But even more, we should always remember the love behind the anger.
Remember this when you fail, or when you feel the shame of your sin.
God will always embrace you, if you come back to Him in genuine sorrow.
This is our God, a mighty warrior who will snuggle you with love and song.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, sometimes I can only see Your anger. Help me to see that Your anger is an expression of Your love. Help me to feel your delight, and to listen to Your song of love!