By Tim Wesemann
Editor’s note: We encourage you to share today’s devotion with those in your ministry who are members of the military community. This Independence Day, thank them for their service and uplift them with the Word of God!
He will be quiet in His love (Zephaniah 3:17).
Many who have lived through the horrors of war do not want to talk about it. Much is better left unsaid. It’s too emotionally or mentally painful. Reliving it may reawaken the pain. On the other hand, some warriors find that talking about their experiences brings healing or even joy. Whether our warriors keep silent or talk about what they have seen and done, we respect their decision.
Perhaps you have never been in combat. Maybe you have not known the terrors of war firsthand. All of us, though, have experienced the horrors of real life all around us. We have experienced life in a world broken by sin. The pain, anxiety, grief, and guilt of real life are often hard to handle.
Our Victorious Warrior knows this. He rushes to our side to meet our needs. The words of Zephaniah 3:17 can be faithfully translated from Hebrew into English in two different ways:
- He will quiet you with His love
- He will be quiet in His love.
Both translations express truth and good news.
He will quiet you with His love. What a perfect gift for us as we navigate through the deadly minefields of our broken world! The trauma and pain can, at times, be deafening. They threaten to drown out all comfort and peace. But Jesus brings peace into the cacophony and chaos. His unchanging, unchangeable love overcomes all fears, anxieties, and storms. You can and will make it through, quiet in heart, as you trust your Savior.
He will be quiet in His love. This translation also brings a message of peace. It points us to the time of Christ’s return, to the final judgment, and to the verdict that will be rendered on that day. Speaking of that verdict, Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus alone is the way to heaven. Career military credentials aren’t enough. Saying “I raised four kids alone while my spouse was serving overseas” won’t cut it. Declaring “I’m a better (fill in the blank) than most” won’t magically open heaven’s gate.
We have all sinned. We all deserve God’s eternal punishment. The Bible says that even if we can claim we’ve kept every Commandment, stumbling over only one of them, we’re guilty of breaking the whole Law:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all (James 2:10).
So where’s our hope? In Jesus Christ alone. Using God’s powerful Word, the Holy Spirit creates faith within us—a saving faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Jesus holds the key to heaven’s glory and perfection. Jesus unlocks that gate for us.
The medals, ribbons, or badges we have earned will not grant us entrance. Instead, God covers our imperfect, sinful lives with the righteousness and perfection of Jesus. Jesus fought and won the battle against sin and death in our place. So now, when our heavenly Father looks at us, He sees the perfection of Jesus.
For those who are, by faith, in Christ Jesus, all fear of death and of judgment is gone. The verdict is certain: Not guilty! Heaven is ours! Our hope rests in Christ alone. God’s gift of faith is a gift of life.
When the time comes to bring charges against us, our Judge remains silent because, in love, Jesus stands in our place, blameless and perfect before God’s throne: He will be quiet in His love.
One thing breaks that silence—our heavenly Father’s welcome: “Welcome, warrior. Welcome, my child. The battles are over. Christ’s peace reigns forever.”
Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org
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