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Zephaniah 1:11
Wail, you who live in the market district; all your merchants will be wiped out, all who trade with silver will be ruined.

It is thought that Zephaniah was a help to good king Josiah, who really tried to rid the land of idolatry. His book denounces the evils of the land, but ends with wonderful words of the delight of God with His people. Here he speaks of the ruin God will make of the economy of the land, and the bringing down of the super-rich. Most people who got rich did so by crushing the poor. Their fellow-rich could fight back, but the poor were without defense. There is a God in Heaven who judges, and Zephaniah is His mouthpiece to threaten the coming disaster.
Our economy is fragile, too. May the Lord move us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ before the Great Day!
Habakkuk 1:16
Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet, for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.

It is quite common for men to honor their jobs as the source of their riches, and want to be immortalized for the businesses they have founded and built. They sacrifice their lives to build the business, and they extol their business’s virtues as worthy of their own praise. What they ought to do is give glory to the God who has graciously prospered the work of their hands. The goodness of God should bring them to repentance. Their devotion ought to be rendered to God, for all the mercies He has bestowed. Lord, help us to view our jobs as stewardships, and our riches as gifts from You. Remind us that we deserve only Your wrath, and Help us praise Your Grace.
Nahum 1:3
the Lord is slow to anger and great in power; The Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.

Here is a promise of God. He will not leave the guilty unpunished. Every infraction must be answered for. Every transgression must receive its recompense. We are so accustomed to letting people “off the hook” with some kind of general feeling of kindness that we are certain God will “let us off the hook” for what we have done. But God is not like us. He exacts precise justice for every sin that we have done. If we believe this, we understand our need of Someone to suffer our punishment in our place. Jesus came to do so for us. Trusting Him does not evaporate our sin, it places it upon Jesus, and Jesus bears the awful punishment we deserved to suffer. Thank You, Lord, for Your death for us.
MICAH 2:"1
Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! Ar morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.

Men will do as much evil as they are permitted to do. They will dig their own grave as deep as God lets them. They will build up as much wrath as God spares them for. But woe unto them! Let not the person who has gotten away with evil boast. He has gathered for himself the greater judgment. He has that much more to answer for. Jesus taught us to pray, “Deliver us from evil.” We do pray that , Lord Jesus. Keep us even from thoughts and dreams of evil. May the plots made upon our beds be thoughts of how to accomplish the good works You have ordained for us. Help us to this, Lord.
Jonah 3:1
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time; "Go to the great city of Nineveh
and proclaim to it the message I have given you."

Between the first and the second time that the Word of the Lord came to Jonah all the adventure concerning the great fish had taken place, and God had heard Jonah’s prayer, and deliverance had come. The great and remarkable events that had occurred were not explained to Jonah. He had to put together in his mind what was happening and what God was intending by bringing it all to pass. Jonah was working out rebellion, and God was working out obedience, but when the Word itself came again, it was the same message God had given at the beginning. God may deal wonderfully with us, but His commands remain firm. Help us, Lord Jesus, to hear and obey quickly.
Obadiah 7
All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, but you will not detect it.

God has purposed to bring destruction upon Edom, and He is displaying to them some of the means He will use. Political alliances making them vulnerable, friends deceiving, family against itself, will all conspire to bring about the destruction God has purposed for a wicked people. What was meant to protect will be their downfall. And how easily God could do so with us! It is He who gives us favor in the eyes of friends and family. He makes our alliances of use. Were He to withdraw this favor, we would be brought low very quickly. Lord, preserve our families and friendships. Help those we work with to work in harmony. May Jesus Christ be praised in every situation!
Amos 1:2
He said, "The Lord roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel withers."

As in Joel, natural disasters are seen as coming from the hand of God, to awaken His people from their sins. Amos hears it so clearly that he can speak of the Lord “roaring”. Is not the spiritual poverty and theological desolation of our land a judgment in which God is “roaring” at us? Ought we to “hang in there”, or “hope for the best”, when God has shown us our sin and we have not heard? Will anything but repentance and faith bring a lifting of the heavy hand of God? Lord open our ears to hear your roaring, and soften our hearts to respond. Deliver us from shallowness and pride, and make us want to walk in your ways, Lord Jesus.
Joel 1:19
To you, O Lord, I call, for fire has devoured the open pastures and flames have burned up all the trees of he field.

A dreadful plague of locusts has devoured the land, combined with other disasters that have brought the land to the brink of annihilation. These have come from God’s hand because of the sins of the people. And Joel sees all this as a harbinger of the dreadful wrath of God looming near. But in the midst of such judgment from the hand of God, Joel says, “To you O Lord, I call…”
When God’s heavy hand of judgment is upon us for our sins, we call out to Him in faith. His promises are sufficient for any sinner under any hand of judgment. God has yet a yearning heart to forgive and restore. Lord, in the midst of wrath remember mercy, for Jesus’ sake!
Hosea 9:1
Do not rejoice, O Israel; do not be jubilant like the other nations, for you have been unfaithful to your God; you love the wages of a prostitute.

So, things are going well for you, and you are enjoying wealth and health! Don’t get excited about this, Israel, because you are My people and your way of getting wealth and health is abominable to Me. It is not a mark of God’s blessing, but a mark of your apostasy. The wealth and health that the world can give to you will prove to be your downfall. How true this is of the peace and safety and riches that God has give to us! We are where we are financially because we have gone after the same things the world has gone after. Lord, keep us from rejoicing in this! Help us seek to the Lord and His blessing.

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