The LORD is my light and my salvation — so why should I be afraid? The LORD protects me from danger — so why should I tremble? For He will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. – Psalm 27:1,5
Zephaniah’s plea to the people of Judah, and us, was/is to follow God. To allow Him to be the ultimate authority in our lives, Lord of our lives.
For this to happen we need to invite God into every area of our lives. Invite because God will not force you to love Him. He will not force you to follow His ways. But at the same time, He will never stop pursuing you.
The problem we often run into, is that we may trust God’s leading in one area of our lives, but not in other areas. God is trustworthy to take care of _____ situation, but not _____. I rely on God’s guidance when it comes to choosing a college, but not when it comes to who I date/marry. Or, I’m a God-follower when it comes to observing religious holidays, but not when I’m in the workplace or at school.
Here’s the real kicker — God has given everyone freewill (the choice to decide what we want to do or not do). Although we are free to choose our own way, apart from God or with God, we are not free to choose the consequences of our choices.
Keep in mind — Laws, rules, whatever we want to call them, are for our own good, for our protection. It’s Satan who gives us the idea that God’s laws are burdensome, unreasonable, and unfair. It’s Satan who says, if you obey God, your life will be miserable and boring.
Satan uses/has used the same tactics over and over and over since the beginning of time. Why doesn’t he mix things up? Why should he? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
DON’T FALL INTO SELFISH THINKING, PUSHING GOD ASIDE, which is exactly what Satan wants us to do. Instead, trust God, make Him Lord of every area of your life. Allow the creator to guide the creation.