Seeking the Lord is about getting into right relationship with our loving Father in heaven and then staying there. Seek the Lord. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. Today we seek how hard this is, because seeking God often falls into second place after self-sufficiency…
3 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.
I think seek the Lord is the answer to more questions than we know. Recall that when Jesus is discussing issues of worry with his followers (Matthew 6), he tells them to seek the kingdom of God first and their needs will be met by God. Seek first.
Sometimes we are tempted to plan and act and mitigate first, aren’t we? Seeking God is a nice idea, yet in practice, it can fall after self-sufficiency. Be careful with that. God’s people were going their own ways in the time of Zephaniah. That’s why God was angry with them.
And going your own way is really equivalent to being self-sufficient, isn’t it? That’s when we think we know better. We think our path is better. We think our decisions are good or good enough, and we don’t ask God for his input. The self-sufficient and self-directed life can lead us to the place where God is not pleased with the outcome. This was Judah’s situation in Zephaniah’s prophecy.
And so we should recognize that after falling into a self-trap, the way out is not going to be self-directed. Abandon that ship. Seek the Lord. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. That’s what God says. Seek him because the Lord should be our focus at all times. Seek righteousness, which is the way of God in all things in life. And seek humility, which is the attitude and posture of recognizing that God’s perspectives are higher and better than our ideas.
Perhaps, if we seek the Lord, he will shelter us from his anger when we have thumbed our noses at him. And remember, this isn’t just about getting out of trouble, it’s about getting into the right relationship with our loving Father in heaven and then staying there…