Read: Zephaniah 3
Reflect: A few nights ago I turned to my husband and said “Seriously, everything feels loud all the time. I am so tired of noise.” He nodded in agreement while our ears took in a baby who was clearly expressing his vocal opinions about the teeth pushing through his gums, the toddler who is always singing “Baby Shark” on repeat, and the Adventures in Odyssey CD that was most certainly being played above the parental set volume on the playroom CD player by the five year old. Physically, our house was (and typically always is) loud.
As the days went on I began to realize that it’s not just physical noise that has my ears exhausted. Right now the whole world feels loud. It’s almost like everyone is communicating in ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME in order to make their voice heard above the rest. Social media is loud. The newspapers are loud. The news channels are loud. The politicians are loud. Their noise can become so deafening and overwhelming when you become tuned into what they are offering that your ears stop listening to what they should be.
Reading the beginning of Zephaniah 3 feels like reading a printout of today’s latest news. It feels loud. There’s a wicked city filled with rebellion, disobedience, distrust. Sound familiar? But there is also a righteous God. A God who says to simply wait for Him because He will rise up. This righteous God promises that the unjust will know no shame. That He never fails. That every morning He will bring His justice to light. And while he is a God of justice in these verses, He is also a God of restoration. In this restoration comes a God who is in our midst. A Lord with the power to save. A God who takes joy in us. A Savior who sings over us.
Here is where my eyes especially fell and rested in this passage – He is a God who will “quiet you with His love.” (v. 17) There it is. There is the quiet I am seeking. The quiet I need won’t be gained by noise cancelling headphones (although tempting at this current moment). Lasting quiet can only be found in our Savior’s love. The Lord is in our midst and He is offering the peace and quiet that I so desperately need in a time where everything is loud. Let us tune into the Lord’s quiet and tune out the voices that are vying for our attention. (Full discretion though, a volume button on my children would also be helpful J)
Apply: Are you living in the beginning of Zephaniah 3 right now? Are you caught listening to the daily report of wickedness? Are your ears and mind exhausted from how loud the world is right now? Who is the loudest voice in your life right now? Is it the Lord? Let us not live in the loudness of Zephaniah 3:1-4 but rest in God’s restoration found in verses 14-20. May we press mute on the world and find our quiet in Him.
Britt Snyder is a lover of Jesus and wife to Greg. Her days are filled loving on and chasing around their three little ones: Lynette, Audrey and Wade. As a former elementary school teacher and now stay at home mama she enjoys serving as a kindergarten homeschool co-op teacher and leader at GCC's Mornings for Moms ministry. Coffee and books fill the moments where all three kids are miraculously sleeping at the same time.