Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – These are all things that God desires for us. His might saves us so He can delight in us, love us and rejoice over us.
My Advice – God has richly blessed your life. Show your gratitude to Him by continuing to live a life that He delights in and rejoices over.
Nahum 1:7 – The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We should be thankful that we are able to take refuge in God. We can trust in His goodness. We can believe that He will take care of us. No trouble is bigger than His ability to take care of it.
My Advice – When you are in trouble, trust God and take refuge in Him. He is good and will care for you.
Joel 2:13 – Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Grace, compassion, long-suffering, overflowing in love, reluctant to punish. Just the opposite image that most have of how God is stereotypically viewed in the Old Testament. But there is no old and new to God. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
My Advice – Live your life in such a manner that God can show you grace, compassion and love. When you do fall into sin, be quick to repent and ask for His forgiveness. If you are quick, and because God is slow to anger and does not want to have to discipline you more than necessary, you will receive grace, love and compassion anew.