Zephaniah 2:10-11 This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the LORD Almighty. The LORD will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the land. The nations on every shore will worship him, every one in its own land.
When he rolls up his sleeves he ain’t just puttin on the ritz; our God is an awesome God. Thanks for that, Rich Mullins. I’ve never thought about God rolling up His sleeves and especially never considered that He would be puttin on the ritz. That’s just weird. I do know, however, that our God is an awesome God. He regularly overwhelms we with His pure awesomeness. I mean it; He really is amazing! He is all knowing, all powerful, all…. well, everything. But here in Zephaniah 2, the prophet is talking about a different kind of awesome.
When I think of awesome, I think of gravity defying slam dunks, grand slam home runs, and cringe worthy snowboard tricks at the X-games. I think of Candace Glover performing on American Idol or Pentatonix performing anything anywhere. I think of shooting stars and colorful sunsets. Yes, that’s awesome! Awesome is also Happy Gilmore crushing the golf ball and Tom Hanks’ performance in Castaway. It’s buy one get one free airfare and upgrades to first class. It’s a short line a the grocery store and making that green light just by the skin of your teeth. All awesome!
I digress. As I was saying, the awesome in Zephaniah 2 is different. It’s a terrifying awesome. It’s a jaw dropping, mouth hanging open, screaming with terror kind of awesome. It’s watching Sodom and Gomorrah burn or the world flood. It’s a blown away, can’t believe what is happening, oh snap! kind of awesome. God’s enemies were mocking His people and He was about to roll up His sleeves and not dance, but destroy. He would ruin their false gods and teach them who’s boss. That’s the kind of power God has over His enemies. That’s the kind of power in which Jesus overcame at the cross and made a show of the enemy.
God doesn’t display this terrifying awesomeness just for kicks. He doesn’t do it to show off. Rather, He does it to remind the world that He is the only one worthy of worship. And this is the response that God was going for in Zephaniah 2. He was going to destroy what they were trusting in so that they would turn to Him. He was going to be scary awesome so that they would wake up and realize who really holds the power. We ought to be aware that this God we serve is scary awesome, too!
*Let your scary awesome God have at your idols today. Let Him remove those things you are trusting in and make the awesome God your one and only.