SEEKING THE LORD
“Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.”
Around 625 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Zephaniah prophesied, proclaiming God’s word to the Southern Kingdom of Israel (known as “Judah”) during the reign of King Josiah. By this time, the Northern Kingdom of Israel had already been destroyed by the Assyrians. And now Judah needed to repent and change its evil ways. In the verse above, Zephaniah urges the people to “seek the Lord” in humility and obedience. Those who do so will be sheltered and saved from the fierce wrath of the Lord when He comes in power.
1. What does it mean to seek something? (For Kids: Have you ever played “Hide and Seek”? What does it mean to seek something or someone?) What does it mean to “seek the Lord?”
2. Our verse speaks of the importance of humility, obedience, and righteousness? What is a good definition of each of these qualities? Why are these qualities so important? Why is “seeking the Lord” necessary to grow in these characteristics?
3. Our verse for today speaks of, “the day of the Lord’s anger.” In your opinion, what are some things that make the Lord angry? Also, in this verse, how can individuals be sheltered from God’s wrath?
1. Humility is esteeming God and others over yourself. Try this week to think a little less of yourself and a little more of others and of the Lord.
2. Our verse says to, “do what God commands.” Be expectant and excited about being obedient to the Lord this week. After all, “Obedience brings revival!”
3. In our verse we are also told to, “seek righteousness.” We cannot be righteous in and of ourselves. We must surrender our lives to God through Jesus Christ. Then and only then can we be forgiven, righteous, and saved.
“Lord, help me to seek you in humility. I need you to help me do what you command. I confess my utter inability to be righteous in and of myself. So, please help me to seek first your righteousness to be forgiven of sin, sheltered from your wrath, and saved unto eternal life.”