God’s simple, persistent love

Zephaniah 3

I wrestle with depression daily.  It’s difficult to do things like get out of bed, eat breakfast, and go about my work for the day. The idea of giving up altogether, just staying in bed or watching endless movies or YouTube videos, is a constant temptation.

Yet what I understand is how I would starve myself if I did not enter into God’s love.

This sounds like some magic potion or positive thinking, but it’s not.  I’ve learned that my own thoughts and desires are corrupt, self-indulgent, and lead to destruction. This cannot be undone without the intervention of the Lord.

And it takes a truth in the Bible like this one to recognize how significant this intervention and reality is:

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.

The context of this verse, the remainder of the chapter, is God’s disgust with Jerusalem (“She obeyed not the voice, she received not correction”) — there’s blatant rebellion going on here.

And we can scoff at this, at Jerusalem’s inhabitants, how they should know better and do it, but we’ve done the very same at times.  We are willing to avert righteousness for our own pleasure. And God has every right to be angry with this attitude, for He has given us countless second chances and specific instructions on righteous living throughout the Bible, and we continue to refuse it. Wouldn’t this frustrate you as well?

Yet we must know this: even in our gross rebellion, He loves.

Why would God do this?

The answer is simple: it’s who He is. He continues on as a loving Father, watching over His children, desiring for them to know Him more intimately. I find this encouraging to an utmost degree — that He persists in His love, even in justice, and even in our missteps.

When we show ourselves humble before Him and desperate for His love, the Lord shows us His desire to restore and save.

May this simple truth encourage you today.

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