Being caught up in the hustle of our busy lives or in something we know isn’t pleasing to God can deceive us into thinking that God is so far away from us that we can’t feel him or he’s difficult to reach or that he has more important things to do than be bothered with us. Ancient Israel got caught up in the same type of mentality when they let the cares of the world system take their focus off God. There were many who told themselves, “The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil,” (Zephaniah 1:12).
Today, it’s easy for us to become settled in that mentality. We can tell ourselves things like, “I can tell this little lie and the Lord won’t do anything.” Or “I can let this curse word out and he won’t care.” We can even tell ourselves, “I’ve prayed and prayed, but God hasn’t done anything, so I don’t think he’ll mind if I stop praying for awhile.” Then “little” sins lead to “bigger” ones. That’s what happened to ancient Jerusalem–
1Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!
2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.
3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.
4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.
5 The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. Zephaniah 3
As Jerusalem sinned, God served them notice in v. 5 that he was right in the midst of them witnessing everything they did. Additionally, he informed them that he was without iniquity in that he was not in agreement with their actions, but he was actually speaking day by day every morning to make his judgments openly and obviously known without fail. He advised them and showed them his plan in various situations they encountered, or through his principles (laws) found in his word, or through the prophets, or through their conscience because they inherently knew right from wrong.
They chose not to pay attention since the unjust have no shame (v. 5). God has not changed the way he operated back then and still brings his judgments to light without fail every morning, day by day. All we need do is wake up and listen. We may tell ourselves that God’s voice has to be audible or heard in some big event, but more often than not, he makes his judgment known like he did for Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12 in a still, small voice. Are we listening? As these following verses show, it doesn’t matter where we are, or what time it is, every day God’s children can hear from him:
He is the LORD our God: his judgments [decisions, plans] are in all the earth. Psalm 105:7
20 [The Lord’s] Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying …23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. 24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded… Proverbs 1
22 It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning… Lamentations 3 (God’s message is in his mercies.)
7 …as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation… 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3 (If we are commanded to exhort daily, rest assured God sets the example by exhorting us daily if we listen.)
Harry A. Gaylord