#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
the meek and humble.
The remnant of Israel
will trust in the name of the Lord.
They will do no wrong;
they will tell no lies.
A deceitful tongue
will not be found in their mouths.
They will eat and lie down
and no one will make them afraid.
The first job I ever held was that of a Chaplain Assistant in the United Stated Army. My first duty station was in Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. The chaplain I worked for was a Holy man, and I thank God everyday that I was able to serve under his mentorship. We had a weekly Bible study, and a topic that always seemed to come up was the remnant of Israel. The remnant are those who kept the commandments of the Lord in spite of what was going on around them.
Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of king Josiah, and morality among the people was at an all time low. The book of the law, presumably Deuteronomy, was found and the King mandated that it be observed. In the passage above the Lord says that there was a remnant that will tell the truth, be meek, be humble, will not be deceitful, and they will not be afraid.
A comparison can be made with the time in which Zephaniah wrote and our own. A majority of people seem to be looking out only for themselves. They willingly lash out, betray friends, and deceive whomever possible in an effort to get ahead in the rat race. Where does that leave those of us who stand for biblical principles, and try to do the right thing day in and day out? Like the remnant in the time of Zephaniah there are many who hold to scriptural principles, who treat other as they want to be treated, and want to see others do well even they are not. Like the remnant of Israel in this passage, God has not abandoned those who are his children. He is with us every step of the way, no matter what we are going through.
Do not be afraid of what you are going through. The Lord and his servants are with you. I hope this helps someone tonight.
William Hemsworth is a relationship banker and Bible School teacher who lives in Tucson, AZ. He completed Seminary while working full time and raising four kids with his wife.