December 19

Zephaniah 1:1-3:20; Revelation 10:1-11; Psalm 138:1-8; Proverbs 30:11-14

When the prophets spoke their messages of judgment, they were given descriptive language to tell Israel about their impending punishment. Usually tucked away in that list of retribution is a reminder of God’s love, forgiveness and hope for a better day.

God loves us so much that He will not deliver the consequences of our sins without reminding us of how passionately He loves us and is devoted to us. Here is what Zephaniah says, “On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, ‘Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.’”

God never leaves us regardless of our behavior. In fact, it is usually we who drift away from God. His unconditional love never gives up on us even though we are experiencing the consequences of our actions. Live each day sensing His presence and in the busyness of the day, listen to hear your Heavenly Father singing over you with joyful songs.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Haggai 1:1-2:23; Revelation 11:1-19; Psalm 139:1-24; Proverbs 30:15-16