“The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
I had reached the end of my Christian fiction book and there it was; This verse jumped out at me from the end of the author’s note to her readers. Mostly I think it was because her note began with this: “Did you read the Bible verse at the beginning of Come To Me Free? It’s a verse that took on special meaning in my life over the last several months.”
God often gives me meaningful verses for a season of my life also (see My Life Verses page). Therefore, Leah Atwood hooked me with her first few sentences here. (And I had to admit to myself that I had just blown by the Zephaniah verse at the beginning of the story). Her note went on to share how her family had been through a lot in a short period of time and also stated this:
“Then a lady at church shared Zephaniah 3:17, and it stuck with me. The words were so comforting and inspiring. To know that He loves us. That He is a victorious warrior. That He exults over us with joy. That He rejoices with us over shouts of joy. It gives me chills!”
Reading this verse from Zephaniah 3:17 – truly seeing it as if for the first time – now practically gave me chills as well. I think because I began to understand more fully what is says in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
I had “seen” the verse from Zephaniah at the beginning of the book but it wasn’t until the end that it truly came alive for me. Not until after I had read about the messy lives of the characters in the book and how God redeemed it all. Not until I realized the importance this verse had for the author.
Something similar has happened before for me with many other Bible verses. I read them time and time again until one day, BAM! – the verse truly begins to come alive for me. This is none other than the work of the Holy Spirit in my life opening my mind and my heart to God’s truth.
So what was it with this verse here that really spoke to me personally? I think it was the concept that God is my midst and fighting for me as “My Victorious Warrior!” I recently read a list from a blog post that really fits with this theme:
“1. God loves us and He will not leave us.
2. This battle isn’t ours. The battle belongs to the Lord. Let Him fight for you. Save your emotional energy and use it to dig into His Word like never before. Our job is to be obedient to God. God’s job is winning this battle.
3. The battle might not be easy or short-lived, but victory will be there for those who trust God.
4. God is good even when the circumstances are darker than you ever imagined. God is good even when people are not. God is good even when things seem stinking hopeless. God is good and can be trusted when you feel suspicious of everyone and everything around you.
5. Lastly, God is good at being God. Don’t try to fix what He hasn’t assigned you to fix. Don’t try to manipulate or control or spend all your emotions trying to figure it out. Let Him be God. Free yourself from this impossible assignment.”
I really liked these few sentences, “This battle isn’t ours. The battle belongs to the Lord. Let Him fight for you.” I need to let God be the “Victorious Warrior” in my life. And then, in the end, to let Him “quiet me with His love.” Help me to remember that this is the God I serve and this is the God I follow!
**I’m linking up today with Holly Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart. Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup as well.**