Prophets had been crying out to the people about their rebellion against God, but very few listened. The Assyrian empire was a major military power and after they invaded Israel (the Northern Kingdom), they took many people captive from those ten northern tribes. The prophets continued to cry out against rebellion and against the cruelty of the Assyrians toward the captives, and God’s wrath came down on His enemies no matter who they were, where they lived or where they were from.
The Southern Kingdom, Judah, had a new and godly king but he was young so God called his relative, Zephaniah, to be His spokesman. Judah is shocked by the message: “I will crush Judah and Jerusalem with my fist and destroy every last trace of their Baal worship. I will put an end to all the idolatrous priests, so that even the memory of them will disappear. For they go up to their roofs and bow down to the sun, moon, and stars. They claim to follow the Lord, but then they worship Molech, too. And I will destroy those who used to worship me but now no longer do. They no longer ask for the Lord’s guidance or seek my blessings.”
Let’s be wise and not fall for trendy false worship, or think that God is irrelevant in today’s world. There have always been advocates for world-views that are contrary to God’s truth. Don’t let the days and then the years slip away to where “seeking God” becomes something that we used to do. Instead let’s keep asking God to lead us today. It is good to seek His blessings, and God does not mumble when He says that He is to be our exclusive choice. God, create in us a desire to know You more deeply. Please guide all of us who seek to follow You. No matter what is taking place around us, may we choose to focus on You, invite You into the situation, and listen for Your wise counsel. Day-by-day, step-by-step, may we obediently follow You. Amen.