Who Do You Worship? A Lesson for Today from Zephaniah

Who Do You Worship? A Lesson for Today from Zephaniah

A common practice in the United States (and perhaps globally) is to take parts from different religions and philosophies, mashing them together to form a personal belief system. Doing so is a consumer-centric mindset. People keep the parts they like, and they ditch the rest. They grab what is comfortable and jettison everything that makes them squirm. It’s akin to reading the Bible with a highlighter in one hand and scissors in the other.

Making up a belief system in this manner is really little more than deciding to believe in yourself. In doing so people make God in their image, to be who they want and need him to be for their own satisfaction and comfort.

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It may seem like a good approach, but it’s not. The God who is revealed in the Bible doesn’t like it when people mix thoughts and practices from other religions or philosophies. In fact, he has some harsh criticism for them, which he shares with the prophet Zephaniah.

Speaking through the prophet, God declares his judgment against those who mix the worship of him with the worship of other distractions. In Zephaniah’s time this was the worship of stars and the worship of other gods. Mixing and matching doesn’t work in God’s book.

God is not content to have our partial attention. He is jealous of our affections and wants it completely. We must give ourselves fully to him.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Zephaniah 1-3, and today’s post is on Zephaniah 1:4-5.]

Learn more about all twelve of the Bible’s Minor Prophets in Peter’s new book, Dear Theophilus, Minor Prophets: 40 Prophetic Teachings about Unfaithfulness, Punishment, and Hope

Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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