Devotionals by Dr. John Ankerberg

October 22

Zephaniah 3Jeremiah 11 Timothy 4

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God." -Zephaniah iii. 2.

This text is not only applicable to a nation and to a church, but to individuals among God's own people, though of course only in a degree. Some of God's people follow Christ afar off, their spiritual life is better seen in their fears than in their confidences; they are trembling always, their hands are slack, their hearts are faint. We trust they are alive unto God, but that is all we can say. "I fear it may be said of them, "She obeyed not the voice": the gentle whisper of divine love falls upon a deaf ear. Oh, how often, brethren, has God spoken and we have not hearkened so as to obey His voice. I fear, too, that there are times when we have not "received correction," when affliction has been lost upon us. We have risen from a sick-bed worse than when we went to it. Our losses and crosses have provoked us to murmuring rather than to heart-searching. We have been bruised as in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, and yet our folly has not departed from us. And this is a very provoking thing, when we despise the rod and the hand that uses it, and turn not at the smiting of the Lord. Yet it is so with some of God's people: they obey not the voice, they receive not correction, and therefore it comes to pass that at times "they trust not in the Lord."

Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Bible, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), p. 729.

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