Sunday, November 17, 2019

"It will come about at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, 'The LORD will not do good or evil!'"
– Zephaniah 1:12-13, NASB

Dr. Kenneth Boa, in his excellent treatise on godly time management, says, "The great saints of old learned the wisdom of having only two days on their calendars: Today, and That Day (the day they would be with the Lord). If we want a heart of wisdom, we will learn to live each day in light of That Day. When we daily remind ourselves of the purpose for our sojourn here on earth, we will cultivate an eternal perspective on time; and it will influence our work and all our relationships." (Leadership Qualities: #37 - Time Management, Dr. Kenneth Boa, published 11/4/2005)

Actually, the entire book of Zephaniah is a message about a day of reckoning when God would settle accounts with His people.  As deep calls to deep, we should ponder this prophetic book in the context of "That Day"--the Day of the Lord that lies in our very own future.  In the excerpt above, it levels a specific warning against God's people who are caught in a state of stagnation on That Day.  God Himself will locate them--with His mighty searchlights--and mete out the reward their lukewarmness has earned.

He focuses on a key delusion we fall prey to while in this stagnant condition, that is, "The LORD will not do good or evil."  In other words, God is at a comfortable distance of space ("in heaven") and time ("long ago").  Why, He doesn't care about my town, my circle of influence ... certainly not in my lifetime!

Don't you believe it, Christian!  The LORD will indeed "do good."  He stands at the door and knocks--not to shower us with condemnation, but to arouse us from the darkness of stagnation to "shine like the firmament" and "turn many to righteousness" (Daniel 12:3).

Prayer Suggestion:  "Father, thank you for Your patient persistence knocking at my door.  Please forgive my stagnant, unbelieving state.  I want to believe You're still in the business of 'doing good' right now, today, in my lifetime.  I open the door; please come in, heal my stagnation, and 'do good' within me first, so You can use me to truly make a difference.  In Jesus' name.  Amen."