Sorry for the late post (for all 3 of you who read this blog). It's that kind of Monday in that kind of week.
Reading Zephaniah today as the transition between exile and the return from exile of Judah, I was struck by this phrase in 1.12: "Those who say in their hearts, 'The Lord will not do good, nor will He do ill.'" The context is God's promise to bring a restorative kind of cleansing to His people. They longed for the Day of the Lord but it was going to be a whooping instead of a party. They thought they were longing for one thing but another thing was coming.
And inside of that was this apathetic, complacent, ill-informed little gem: there are those who presume God's not going to do good nor will He do ill. They lived as if God was going to be as apathetic and complacent as they were. Whoops.
Because God may do ill by judgment. He may do good by mercy. But, as we talked about on Sunday, even in the silence of the heavens for a season, God is not doing nothing. He's never inactive. And He's certainly neither apathetic nor complacent.
Don't ever let us make that mistake.