Power works both ways

Through the prophets we are reminded of God’s power to build and to destroy

Zephaniah 1.1-18

Reference: v. 2 “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord. (NIV Bible)

Explore: Zephaniah was a prophet for Judah. Prophets were incredibly special as they brought news from the Lord. Unfortunately, it was usually bad news. Here we see that the Lord is again angry at the actions of His people. If there is one god you don’t want to get angry, that is the Lord of Lords! I think it’s important for us to remember that while our Lord is a generous, gracious, merciful God, he is also powerful, jealous and almighty. While it’s nice to remember the cuddly side of God, it’s also important for us to be aware of His might and power.

Application: You probably know of children who are spoilt and not disciplined properly. They often become selfish, arrogant and disrespectful. Our Heavenly Father does not want us to turn out that way, and so He is not shy to show us our wrong doing and direct our paths to that which is good. After the flood that covered the whole earth, God promised never to totally destroy the world again – sometimes I wonder whether He’s at least tempted! That shows amazing grace. However, that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t have the power to do it. We need to worship a God that is close and personal but also remember His power and authority over all the earth.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes I get a little too comfortable in your presence and forget that you are the One to give all honour and praise. May my life be an act of worship towards you. Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.