A Relationship Restored

Have you ever tried the silent treatment when you’re fighting with a friend or a spouse? Are you one of those gals that, during a fight, can stare out the car window without flinching in your performance of the silent treatment? Of course, you are expecting the other person to read your non-verbal communication, if you know what I mean.

Well, if you looked up “silent treatment” in a dictionary, my name would be written beside it. My husband and I were in an argument on our way to a date night of all things, while I was practicing and perfecting my performance of the “silent treatment”. Fortunately, we came to our senses and reconciled so that our date night could become what it was intended to be, a delight night.

You see God’s delight originates in a restored relationship. The first phrase of Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you,” is key the rest of the entire verse. The chapters before this verse were about God’s approaching judgment on Judah because of a broken relationship. Therefore when we come upon this first phrase it is a big moment, a turning point.

It makes a bold statement that God has a restored relationship with His people. When we receive the Lord as our Savior and Leader, our relationship with him is reconciled. When our relationship is restored we enjoy his unleashed delight.

When I have had a conflict with someone, afterwards I will often ask, “So are we all good?” Usually the response is yes, but I know something is still off. Well, this verse indicates that with God nothing is “still off”. You and he really are all good because it emphasizes God is with you and among you! Our relationship to our Father is restored. His presence is with us is sealed by the Holy Spirit. He will never leave us, nor forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)

Have you ever sung or heard the child’s tune, He’s got the whole world in his hands...Well as you read this final scripture, picture sitting in the palm of his hand, with his gracious and gentle fingers holding you tight.

From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.

Isaiah 43:13 NLT

You are his. You are his daughter. His delight is in you and You are restored to him. Today walk in the security of truly knowing that no one and nothing can snatch you from his hand.

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Sandie

    Awesome job, E! Welcome to the blogosphere! 😉

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Did I tell you I read this one to Chad and he laughed, because he knows all to well my perfected silent treatment. I am a master, sadly. I love the image of me in His loving hands. Wish I could paint it.

    • that is so funny! and yes i loved the hand part of the verse as well! glad you are encouraged by the things that encourage me…