Day 119 – February 3, 2024: Zephania 1-3 and Psalms 9 & 11 and Proverbs 11

There is a pervading thought that the day of the Lord, judgment day, is one that many look forward to and are wanting to come quickly. Zephania gives us another perspectice on judgment day. While Paul speaks about a trumpet sounding and all of us being raised up with God, which is a celebration, Zephania speaks of the Day of the Lord as a terrible day in that judgment just may not be what we expect it to be. We need to be really careful in not taking our faith in God for granted. Our approach to God has to be one of reverence and awe and not one of entitlement and casualness otherwise the surprise on judgment day will not be a good one.

Proverbs once again matches in each verse what is going to happen to those who are righteous and offsets that with what is going to happen to those who are wicked. I was struck by these verses, 24-25, which, without going into the prosperity Gospel, tells us pretty clearly what happens when we tithe, which is that God meets our need. When we don’t we find ourselves often in need. It is counterintuitive, but it is how God works.

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