DON'T WORRY!! BE HAPPY!
Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NKJV)
16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak. 17 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.”
Day in and day out we make choices that can impact our lives. Choices that can either reap positive or negative results and that can seemingly change the course of our lives. Often times we do not consider the long term impact our choices have, because we are looking forward to an immediate manifestation to unfold. Further, when we consider the immediate results of something we have the tendency to only consider the positive impact and not the negative; as if ignoring the possibility of the negative will cause it to go away. Either way long or short term, positive or negative choices do make an impact.
In this scripture we see a glorious example of God’s promise to be with us, even after we go astray. On several occasions the children of Israel had gone astray and disobeyed God. They willfully went against His commands not to worship other gods, they became people of violence and even under the influence of false prophets. Their disobedience warranted consequences whether they wanted to face them or not. However, because of who God is and the all-encompassing love He has for us, his wrath has a god-ordained time limit. Even greater than that we find assurances of his presence amongst us.
Just like the children of Israel we too often go astray because of willful disobedience, and find ourselves dealing with the repercussions of our consequences. Yet there is a great hope because greater than the consequences, is the promise of God’s love and protection when we make the conscious choice to repent from that which drew us away.
Repentance brings about the restoration of fellowship and the fullness of God’s attributes when He is pleased to dwell with us again. The children of Israel were restored and reminded they did not have to live in fear, doubt or worry because their repentance brought them back into His presence and He is rejoicing over the re-connection. Just as He rejoices over their return, he does the same for us, therefore there is no reason for us to worry or wallow in the consequences; instead be happy because God rejoices over you!