We're going to land on Zephaniah 3:17 today, but we're going to take a while to get there, because we can't appreciate what's going on when we get there unless we see the context it sits in. These verses are applicable to everybody today, but we're going to draw special application and special focus on helping mothers think through what these verses mean for their lives.
Let's read Zephaniah 3:17: "The Lord your God is with you, / the Mighty Warrior who saves. / He will take great delight in you; / in his love he will no longer rebuke you, / but will rejoice over you with singing."
A scene of struggle, a sign of hope
A mother walks down a busy street. It's a beautiful day, and yet she is clutching her child almost like there's bad weather outside. She cannot help it, because she is worried. She can't help but to hear about surrounding nations that want to do her own nation harm. She's seen it happen all around. She knows there are crazy people, tyrannical dictators. There are religious leaders bent on murdering other people in the name of their religion.
But as she walks down the street, clutching her child, she's well aware that the problem is not just out there—the problem is not just other nations. The problem is not just dictators and religious leaders of other groups.
She walks by a building and she glances over at it: everybody knows the religious leader in that building lives a life of immorality. Even in her own land, she sees the widespread decadence and rebellion—even among those in leadership—and even as she passes that building, she crosses the street and realizes that just a short time ago, a man's blood was on that street. The land is marked by violence, and not only violence. It's ...
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David Prince is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is the author of In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship and he blogs at www.davidprince.com.