Just shhhh

Zephaniah 1:7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD, for the Day of the LORD is near. Indeed, the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests.

shhhhSome people like to talk… a lot.  There are people who can talk their way in or out of anything.  They can get a speeding ticket dropped or get into a theme park for free.  I don’t know how they do it, but they obviously have the gift of talk and persuasion.  Sometimes you just want to tell those people: shhhh.  I don’t need to hear your excuses; I don’t need to hear you reasons.  Just shhhh.  And sometimes we are those people to God.  We think we can talk our way back into His graces.  We think we can convince Him that we aren’t really as bad as we are.  We think that we have to prove ourselves to Him in order to be accepted.  But He says, shhhh.

The reason?  Because there’s nothing we can do to measure up.  There is nothing we can do to make Him love us more.   Indeed, the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests.  He sent His Son to sacrifice His life for you, so you didn’t have to do all that talking.  You don’t have to try to persuade God into accepting you; you just need to accept His Son.  No more carrying on.  No more elaborate speeches or convincing arguments.  Just grace.  He provided it, you accept it.  It’s that simple.

So shhh.

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