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Quieting Our Souls

"The LORD your 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." -Zephaniah 3:17 Have you ever felt super stressed out? Have you ever faced a huge deadline, or had to do something you were afraid of? The world we live in is pressure and money-driven. So, how do we find peace and rest for our souls in these types of stressful environments? I love the verse above. There is so much to soak in. The prophet Zephaniah is talking about what God is thinking about Israel. Though they have fallen away from God, He plans to straighten them out a bit, and then bring His love back to them. "He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love." Isn't that such an incredible statement? The prerequisite for this "quietness through love" is humility. It says in the previous verses, "Those who are left will be the lowly and humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong; they will never tell lies or deceive one another. They will eat and sleep in safety, and no one will make them afraid." (v.12-13) If we try and try in our own strength, we're living in strife and succumbing to our flesh. We won't experience "rest." But, if we are able to humble ourselves and put God first, He will provide rest and quietness for our souls. Are you able to receive God's quieting and restful love? Spend some time with Him today, and allow Him to quiet your soul. There is no greater refreshment than being with Him. Related resource: Experiencing the Presence of God: Teachings from the Book of Hebrews by A.W. Tozer

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