“Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.” – Zephaniah 3:1-2. 

Not exactly a cheery scripture…

18 months ago I received an equally un-cheery word from my doctor.

Make drastic changes immediately or you might not be around to see your grandchildren.




That’s one way to get my attention. But what’s interesting is that I grumbled for two weeks as I implemented the changes meant for my good.

Sometimes, we can do the same thing with God’s Word. He corrects us, we do it, but we experience no joy because we feel like we’re missing out on something.

God gives Israel four areas that need to change.

  1. Their obedience to His Word
  2. Their humility toward His correction
  3. Their trust in His character
  4. Their closeness with His person

How can those changes be bad? Whatever they were giving up wasn’t worth near as much as these things.

I’m so thankful the Lord challenges the weak areas in my life. That He loves me enough to be blunt with me about the things that can destroy what matters most.

If you’re not finding joy when you open God’s Word or spend time in prayer, maybe you should take a few moments today to thank Him for His loving correction. To recommit yourself to trusting His care for you.

“I rejoice at Your Word, as one that finds great spoil.” – Psalm 119:162