“Who think, ‘God doesn’t do anything, good or bad. He isn’t involved, so neither are we.’” Zephaniah 1:11 (The Message Bible)
The answer to the question is: those who are despondent and have lost hope. I have a friend who has suffered loss—great loss—and hangs on to life with tenacity—a strong will to prove she can continue to move on. She keeps busy—so busy she really doesn’t have time to think about her daily tough situation. She’s not big on religion. It has disappointed her, too.
My friend is living in the Old Testament in the words of Zephaniah, which is all doomsday and destruction, with the only hope is that Judgment Day will come and their lousy life will be over.
The good news for my friend and all the people who are experiencing life in the ruts of the road, is that there is hope in God—not the god they are punishing by turning away from him.
Dear Lord, take the pain away from those who are suffering and replace it with your love and grace. Amen.