Posts Tagged ‘Opposition’
It takes courage for a leader to speak the truth in the face of opposition. Read Zephaniah 1:1-18.
Zephaniah served as God’s prophet from 635-630 B.C., nearly five years before Jeremiah’s ministry and approximately 50 years before Babylon captured and destroyed Jerusalem. Zephaniah was a contemporary of King Josiah. Josiah was a God-honoring king and sought to bring reform after nearly 60 years of God-defying leadership by Manasseh and Amon. Zephaniah saw that Josiah’s efforts for revival were forcing external change but that the people needed to be transformed in their heart and re-establish core truths that generated true obedience to God. Zephaniah called the people to look at their motives, their desires, their private lives and their heart. He touched a chord that challenged the people to address issues that most leaders fear to bring up.
Tags: Belief in God, Core Truths, Courage, Deaf Ears, External change, Face of Opposition, God-honoring king, Josiah, Motives, No personal agenda, Obedinece to God, Opposition, Passion, Personal Gain, Transformed, Trust in God, Zephaniah