Seek God, all you quietly disciplined people who live by God's justice.Seek God's right ways. Seek a quiet and disciplined life. Perhaps you'll be hidden on the Day of God's anger. Zephaniah 2:3 (MSG)
The economy is not good. The forecast offers no hope. Foreclosures, unemployment, and lay offs permeate every shred of news as global recession spins out of control. Add to it the continuous cries about global warming and environmental chaos. I read the doom and gloom of Zephaniah's ancient prophecy and, I must admit, it strikes a familiar chord. It feels like we're in the midst of judgment's windstorm today.
I've had numerous conversations in recent weeks with family, friends, colleagues, and clients. "What do we do?" is a common question. "What's my response to all of this economic woe? How, then, shall we live?"
I think Zephaniah addresses that question quite well. The same answer applies to his generation and to ours. Seek God. Press on. Live out a quietly disciplined life. Give generously and love extravagantly.