I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh. The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or tell lies; a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. But they will pasture and lie down, with nothing to make them afraid. Zephaniah 3:12-13 HCSB
The first job I ever held was that of a Chaplain Assistant in the United Stated Army with my first duty station in Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. The chaplain I worked for was a Holy man, and I thank God everyday that I was able to serve under his mentorship. We had a weekly Bible study, and a topic that always seemed to come up was the remnant of Israel. The remnant are those who kept the commandments of the Lord in spite of what was going on around them.
Our Life Compared to Zephaniah
Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of king Josiah, and morality among the people was at an all time low. The book of the law, presumably Deuteronomy, was found and the King mandated that it be observed. In the passage above the Lord says that there was a remnant that will tell the truth, be meek, be humble, will not be deceitful, and they will not be afraid.
A comparison can be made with the time in which Zephaniah wrote and our own. A majority of people seem to be looking out only for themselves. They willingly lash out, betray friends, and deceive whomever possible in an effort to get ahead in the rat race.
Where does that leave those of us who stand for biblical principles, and try to do the right thing day in and day out? Like the remnant in the time of Zephaniah there are many who hold to scriptural principles, who treat other as they want to be treated, and want to see others do well even if they themselves are not. Like the remnant of Israel in this passage, God has not abandoned those who are his children. He is with us every step of the way, no matter what we are going through.
Do not be afraid of what you are going through. The Lord and his servants are with you.