“Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord” (Zephaniah 2.3 ESV).
The Prophet Zephaniah’s name means, “God has hidden, protected and treasured.” Zephaniah is prophesying after the Northern Tribes of Israel were destroyed by Assyria and before the smaller tribe of Judah was taken by Babylon. Zephaniah lived during King Josiah’s quest to reestablish God’s commands and tear down the idols that had been allowed by previous kings. Even during this time of great revival from the leading authority of the day, many of God’s Children were still seeped in sin and disobedience. Zephaniah warned the people of God’s coming judgment. Zephaniah does give hope to the few people wanting to be “hidden,” “protected” and “treasured” during the dark aftermath of consequences. All the people had to do was seek God, seek righteousness and seek humility. These three things are not impossible to ascertain because they are inner qualities that can be easily called upon once we learn to sacrifice our pride and submit our will to the Lord. Seeking God is always the first step. When we passionately and unabashedly seek after God, He will guide us in all other paths of righteousness and humility.
“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23.3 NKJV).