What is heaven like? Zephaniah has given us a sobering even frightful warning about God’s coming judgment, but he also gives us a glimpse of heaven. There is in all of us a longing for heaven, a place where life is as it is supposed to be. David Lloyd George, British statesman and Liberal politician (1863-1945), once said, “When I was a boy, the thought of Heaven used to frighten me more than the thought of Hell. I pictured Heaven as a place where time would be perpetual Sundays, with perpetual services from which there would be no escape.” How about you? What is your idea of heaven?
Psalm 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” I think Bill Watterson’s comic strip character Calvin gets closer to the idea of heaven:
Pray: As you begin today you might make Psalm 16:11 part of your prayer, asking the Lord to fill your heart with the joy of His promise of heaven.
Read: Zephaniah 3:9-20, twice and carefully.
Meditate: “The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah” ends on a deeply moving note of joy-filled hope! Let the questions below help you meditate on this passage, but do not be limited by them if you sense the Lord leading you in another direction.
Randy Alcorn, Heaven (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc., 2004), pp. 7-8.