Turning Back Captivity

Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.  At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

Zephaniah 3:19-20

The books of the Old Testament prophets are generally books of judgment.  God’s people have rejected and disobeyed Him and He is having to chasten and judge them.  There are not too many positive things in most of these books, which is probably why many people don’t like to read them or study them.  But I am encouraged by the fact that, no matter how great the chastening is going to be, God always gives them hope.  He always has a remnant that will follow Him and He always promises to not chasten them forever.

At the time of the writing of this book, the nation of Israel was about to be taken captive.  They would remain in captivity of one sort or another for many years.  These would not be easy years.  When we find ourselves under the chastening hand of God, it is never easy and it is never pleasant.  But, no matter how much it may hurt, we can take comfort in these words:

“At that time will I bring you again… I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes…”  What a comforting thought.  Even though the nation of Israel was about to go through a terrible captivity, God tells them that He will not forget them and that He will eventually “turn back their captivity.”  He does the same with us.  The Bible tells us that He has “led captivity captive.”  He controls everything.  We may feel like we are “in captivity.”  But He has the ability to turn back that captivity.  Just keep trusting Him!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I like what you keep finding to encourage us with, and this was a comfort to me too!
    God bless you, Ben!

    Reply

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