THE REMNANTS: Devotion for Monday August 13, 2012
Text: Zephaniah 3: 12 – But I will leave within you, the meek and the humble who trust in the name of the Lord (New International Version).
God judges us with mercy. To God, the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18: 4). How God judges us, is determined by our deeds. In Ezek 18:5ff is a catalogue of what God hates. Whoever abhors this God will judge with mercy. Why judgement of God? See Romans 3: 23.
In our text, God was set to judge the Israelites for their sins (See Zephaniah 3: 1 – 4). However, He promised that in judging them, the people who are meek and humble would be spared. These will be the remnants. They are people who are poor in spirit. Not only will God spare them, but also made a promise as we have in Zephaniah 3: 13. What is the promise? This was good news that made Zephaniah to call for thanksgiving unto God (Zephaniah 3: 14). Why was the call made for singing and thanksgiving? See v15ff. When God shows us mercy like this in Zephaniah 3: 12 & 13, do we sing and give Him thanks?
Beloved, this judgement could be likened to the day of rapture (1 Thessalonians 4: 6 & 7). The righteous will be taken so that they will not be punished with the wicked (cf. Genesis 18: 25). How are you preparing for the rapture, which will precede the judgment of God? Will you be among the remnant that will be spared? You are the only one that can answer this question. Your salvation will be through accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour and living according to His will and purpose. Have you made Him Lord?
Food for Thought: “Mercy is for them that fear and sin not.” – Watson
1. Ask God to grant you the spirit of humility and meekness
2. Pray you will be among the remnants that will be spared