Saturday, December 7, 2019

December 7 - Zechariah 9

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 9. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today’s chapter begins with a promise from God that all of Israel’s enemies will be punished and the people will never be oppressed again.
  • God instructs the people to rejoice and be happy in the promise of the freedom that would be found in Jesus. In verse 9, God tells how the king (meaning Jesus) would come riding on a donkey and later in the New Testament, the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John) tells how Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem in precisely that manner.
  • There are promises of peace and freedom found by believing that God can and will provide power and protection through Jesus Christ.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God loves to provide and take care of those who love and trust in him, but sometimes God’s timing doesn’t match up with our timing.
  • God talks to those who are holding fast to hope (verse 10) in this chapter and vows that their trust in Him will bring them a thriving life. But God understood that hope required patience, and he encouraged those who put their faith in him to also put their faith in his timeline.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Waiting is hard. And how often in life have you finally attained what you waited for only to find you’re still missing a feeling of fulfillment? God promises that if you put your trust in him, he will provide and take care of you, but it may not be an instantaneous change in your life.
  • Take a moment and talk to God. Be honest with him if you’re having doubts in his promises to provide and care for you. And take another moment to be still and listen to what he says to you. 
  • You can also bring your doubts to Verve. We believe asking questions is a good thing, and our church is a safe placed for you to approach God at your own pace.