Zephaniah 2: Breaking down the Walls
Remember that Zephaniah is a book about judgment. God is going to bring judgment on the people for wandering away from Him. However, there still is a chance that the people could get right with God.
Zep 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;
Zep 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD’S anger come upon you.
Zep 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.
I think that this is a good message for all of us today. Obviously, I understand that it was written to a nation who was in a very dark place, but you and I can be in similarly dark places. You and I can be in situations where we honestly need to remember this. We need to come back to God because we really have nowhere else to turn.
It is almost like building our own prison. Through our own actions, we make the walls higher. The higher they get, the more wrapped up we are, and we soon realize that there is no possible way to climb out by ourselves. God comes in and just flattens the walls. He sets us free from the chains of sin.
I find it ironic that many people talk about Christianity as restrictive. They don’t want to be tied into something that tells them what is right and what is wrong. In reality, we are all slaves to something, and what we have to decide is whether or not we want to be slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. We are going to serve one master or the other, so it makes sense to choose the one that would have our best interests at heart. After seeing the effects of sin, I don’t think that is the one that we want to put our trust in.