Daily Devotional

December 6th 2022

TUESDAY

Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, He’ll calm you with His love and delight you with His songs.—Zephaniah 3:17 (MSG)

The promise of Advent is that there is hope, peace and joy available for the faith filled. No matter how bleak things are, we are encouraged to live in the promise of God that was fulfilled by Jesus coming into the world.
Zephaniah wrote these words during a time not very different from our times. Judah had just endured 57 years of moral, political and spiritual depravity. Under Kings Manasseh and Amon, Judah experienced great apostasy and spiritual wickedness. Manasseh was particularly poor. Reigning for 55 years, Manasseh practiced sorcery and witchcraft. He even offered up one of his sons to Phoenician idols as a human sacrifice. Because immorality was rampant in his leadership, it became common among the people. There was corruption in government, in their religious life, in their economy and in their home-life.
But into this dismal situation, God sent Zephaniah with words of judgment and eventual restoration: “Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you. Happy to have you back, He’ll calm you with His love and delight you with His songs.”
The faith filled will know the presence of God. Nothing and no one are as dependable as the Lord. David said, “Even when I’m walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I know that God is with me. His rod and His staff comfort me (Psalm 23:4).”
The faith filled will know the power of God. What makes the presence of God so comforting is that, where God is, His power will manifest itself—power to break the yoke of sin, to heal our hurt, to redeem our lives from destruction, to shake us loose from Satan’s grip, to lift bowed down heads and bind broken hearts.
The faith filled will know the love of God. The greatest knowledge we can have is that God loves us. Jesus is the proof: “God loved the world so much that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”

Prayer: Lord, in this season of Advent, we thank You for Jesus, the personification of Your presence, power, provision and love. As we go today, help us to be instruments of Your mercy. In Christ’s name, we pray. AMEN!

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