This morning as I read through the Word of God, in His graciousness, He has led me to Zephaniah 3:14-20: “Israel’s Joy and Restoration.” I’m reminded through these words that I’ll soon type out for you to see as well that our Father is ever faithful. He does all in His own perfect timing, and that may not look like our timing at all. But He never breaks a promise. And so I can read the words of Zephaniah 3:14-20 and rejoice in the hope of the promise that will come to pass.
Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.
Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
At that time I will bring you in,
at that time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the Lord.
Our God is good. Our God is entirely sovereign. Our God is entirely wise. Our God is entirely loving. Our God can be trusted – even when all is falling apart in this world around us. Our God made beauty and joy and goodness abound in the gifts we have in the here and now (so good) and the promises that there will be a day when all that was lost will be restored, none will experience sadness any longer, and we will no longer fear evil. Praise Jesus!