“I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings” (Zephaniah 3:7).
Today’s Morsel: Why is it that everyone seems to have such a hard time following instructions? Israel couldn’t receive their promise from God because they failed to follow instructions. Children are receiving failing grades in school because they fail to follow instructions. Many are in debt because they fail to follow instructions. And others are in a state of depression and misery because they, too, fail to follow instructions. The Lord said through the prophet Zephaniah that the people would fear Him, would receive instruction; so, their dwelling should not be cut off, no matter how He punished them, but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings. They rejected what He said even though they knew they would be punished. Is there a trend here with what we see today? People know that there are consequence to disobedience, and yet they choose to roll the dice. But God forbid that this should happen with a born-again believer! Solomon said, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9). If you plan to see Jesus, you had better follow the instructions (Acts 2:38-39).
Sing: No one ever cared for me, like Jesus. There's no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take this sin and darkness from me, Oh how He much cared for me.
Thought For Today: The Bible: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (Parker).