Archive for February 14th, 2014

Zechariah 10

Zechariah 10 has the prophet speaking of our relationship with God.  He begins with a promise that is music to the ears of a farmer.  “Ask rain from the Lord…..and he will give them showers of rain”.  God is the almighty provider.  He alone makes the storm clouds.  He alone can make it rain.  And God desires that we come to Him with our requests, even about things that may seem as simple as the need for rain.  He is God of the big and small.  He is in control of the big and little, the details and the big picture.  God is God and above all.

There is a lot of misinformation and untruth that is shared in the world.  And God says “Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd”.  God holds those who are leaders accountable.  He says “I will punish the leaders for the Lord cares for His flock”.  God does not look the other way when people are misled and taken advantage of.  He holds people accountable to lead and teach in truth, not from man’s selfish ways.  God gets angry when people are taken advantage of.

God speaks of the restoration of His people.  “I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them”.  What a change from the pain and suffering His people have experienced for so long.  But God is going to restore them because of His love and compassion.  He is listening again and will not ignore their cries for help.

God says He will “gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as many as they were before”.  What a change lies ahead.  God scattered, and now He will call them back with a whistle.  He struck them down and now He will restore and build them up.  He will “make them strong in the Lord and they shall walk in His name”.  God’s love is powerful.  His restoration is complete.  He can turn any situation from disaster to blessing and make a way for us.  We only need to seek Him.  We only need to obey and listen to His Words.  We can have the same if we follow Him!

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