Sunday, December 8, 2019

Zechariah 10

Today's reading in our daily plan is Zechariah 10. 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?)
  • God is the one who provides what is needed for everyone. Putting faith and trust in idols, dreams, or fortune-tellers only provide false hope.
  • He also tells us there are those who have influence and use their positions of power to take advantage of others, and he promises they will be punished harshly for it while his compassion will be for those who are oppressed.
  • The cornerstone and tent peg (see verse 4) refer to Jesus. He will come to restore the people, give them strength, and they will have joy and happiness again. There will be difficult times to go through (see verse 11) but peace & security will eventually be delivered and those who were scattered near and far will be gathered together again.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God is the source of all blessings. He doesn’t promise freedom from adversity, but he does promise that he will always offer relief in the security and comfort of his love.
  • At times you will feel distressed, annoyed, and confused. It’s especially important at those times to remind yourself that the Bible tells us many times that one day the instability will end and his promises will be fulfilled. It may not be on our timeline, but God always keeps his word and that should be an encouragement to pray to him.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you wading in a sea of trouble today? Or perhaps it’s more like you’re drowning in a flood of anxiety. Life just sucks sometimes, and it’s okay to tell God how you honestly feel.
  • Take a moment right now and be honest with God. Tell him what is disappointing and overwhelming you today. Express your frustration. Most importantly, ask him to equip you with his compassion.