Zephaniah 1:2 “I will utterly consume all things from the face of the land,” says the LORD.”

December 7th, 2021 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Zephaniah the prophet is related to the reigning King Josiah that gives him access to the royal family. The prophet is focused on the Day of Judgment that’s coming on the whole earth. Zephaniah is not only speaking to his own generation but of a distant Day of Judgment that is yet to take place, the Day of the Lord or as Jesus called it, ‘the Great Tribulation.’ We understand that the Day of the Lord begins immediately after the Body of Christ, the Church is ‘caught up’ as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:17. Jesus takes us up with Him to heaven for 7 years and during that time the Day of the Lord begins here on earth with those who are resisting His love.

It will be a dark and gloomy day that will shock many people into realizing the truth of God love and His plan of salvation bringing many to salvation. It will be a time of great difficulty and tribulation but even it is a picture of God’s desire that He is ‘not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.’ (2 Peter 3:9) and ‘who wants all men to be saved’ (1 Timothy 2:4).

The first missionaries to the Kiowa Indians of Oklahoma were two single ladies, Marietta J. Reeside and Lauretta Ballew who arrived at Mt. Rainy in 1893. Miss Reeside was not long with the Indians before they came to know what it meant to be a believer. Out of great respect for her they gave her a new name calling her “Aim-day-co.” Chief Big tree (Adoeette) former war chief of the Kiowa tribe explained her name this way years later. “When we Kiowas see anyone on the wrong trail, we call out, ‘Aim day co,’ which means ‘Turn this way.’ Our sister came to us from a far land and found us on the wrong path and in great danger. She stood and called to us and said, ‘Turn this way,’ and then she showed us the Jesus road. God bless Miss Aim Day Co.”

 

“LORD please help us to use this day to lead others to Your throne of Grace.”