Lent Devotional: Zephaniah 2:1-3

by Jonathan Haefs

Zephaniah 2:1-3 (click here)
Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD. (Zephaniah 2:3)

The day of the LORD.

This is a common theme in the prophets, and it can be somewhat confusing. Sometimes the day of the LORD is spoken of as a day of judgment to be feared…while at other times it is a day of salvation to be hoped for…

So which is it?

It’s both!

The day of the LORD is that day in which God will bring all things to a conclusion. For those who have rejected God, this is not good news…but for those who have taken refuge in God…the is the best news, it’s the culmination of their salvation.

The current, present good news of the Gospel is that even those who have rejected God (which is the way all of us are born into this world… Ephesians 2:1-3) may humble ourselves, repent, and find refuge in God… perhaps.

We don’t normally put “perhaps” on the end of a sentence like that, but it is right there in the text of Zephaniah 2:3… “perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD.” Why “perhaps?”

“Perhaps” highlights grace!

None of us can demand forgiveness and salvation from the Lord. None of us deserve it. All we can do is throw ourselves on the mercy of God. He may forgive if he so chooses…and the good news of the Gospel is that in Jesus Christ he DOES so choose!

He freely, graciously, and lavishly forgives…making “the day of the LORD” good news for all who trust in him!

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