What Does Zephaniah 3:8 Mean?

"Therefore wait for Me," declares the LORD, "For the day when I rise up as a witness Indeed, My decision is to gather nations, To assemble kingdoms, To pour out on them My indignation, All My burning anger; For all the earth will be devoured By the fire of My zeal.

Zephaniah 3:8(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Do you sometimes wonder why the Lord seemingly permits the evil deeds of wicked men to prosper, while those that are His children seem to be facing many trials and hardships? Do you sometimes simply wonder why - or are you mystified as to why His precious promises are so long in coming?

This prophecy was written to comfort Israel in their time of deep distress, when they were encircled by many God-hating hostile nations, corrupt people and cities of violence. The faithful remnant of Judah were going through deep distress but were exhorted to wait - to wait for God to act on their behalf, when not only their local enemies but a universal judgement would fall on the whole earth - a judgment that is yet to come at the time of the great tribulation.

But old testament truths given to Israel have relevance to all God's children in all ages for God does not change and has promised to one day, punish this Christ-rejecting sinful world that dishonours His character; blasphemes His name; plays sport with His people and tramples on the truth of His Word. And yet today God says wait. Simply wait. Just wait.

Wait My time and wait My way. The glorious time of Israel's restoration is couched in this declaration from God, for He has promised, and His promises to Israel will never fail, just as the Church's present sojourn in the world is likewise hastening to its grand finale.

We too must wait. We too must simply wait on God and trust His word. Like Israel we too are called to wait His time and to wait His way. We may not understand all God's ways and we may not understand His timings, especially as the evil deeds of wicked men seem to prosper and so many of His children are facing such dark trials and deep hardships.

But it all comes back to trust - trusting the Lord to fulfil all that He has laid out in His Word of truth. So let us endure with patient endurance all that we are facing today, knowing that the day is fast approaching when the Lord will act on our behalf - but until then let us wait - just wait for the day when the Lord will stand up as witness, as He has promised.

My Prayer

Thank You Father that You are a God that does not change, that Your word is true and Your promises sure. I pray that I may learn to wait - to simply wait for You to act. I pray that I may learn to wait willingly and patiently, not only in my day-to-day life, but also in the world situation where evil is multiplying so rapidly - trusting that Your timing and Your ways are perfect - this I pray in Jesus name, AMEN.

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