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God’s Many Promises

Zechariah 1:7-17 (NIV)

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.

During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.

I asked, “What are these, my lord?”

The angel who was talking with me answered, “I will show you what they are.”

10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth.”

11 And they reported to the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace.”

12 Then the angel of the Lord said, “Lord Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?” 13 So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.

14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’

16 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.

17 “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’”

 

Zechariah had eight visions in one night and in chapter 1, verses 7-17 we read of the first vision. A man was astride a red horse in a valley in Israel. Red, white and brown horses were behind this man and they had returned from going throughout the entire earth on a kind of reconnaissance mission. The world was resting from war, but there was no peace for God’s people. They had been oppressed for 70 years and though the temple was being rebuilt, God’s people were still not at rest. So God reaffirmed His love for Israel in verses 14-16 and He promised that the temple would be rebuilt in verse 16. He also promised blessings on Israel in verse 17.

God’s heart beats with love for His people at all times. The Bible tells us that even His discipline is prompted by love (Hebrews 12:6). One of God’s deepest desires is that we would trust Him. He has provided over and over again. He has forgiven us over and over again. He has blessed us over and over again. Yet, we turn away from Him in pride or in fear. He is not far off, though. He is calling us back to Himself in love and mercy. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing through Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). When we go through difficult times and when God seems furthest away, let us remember that we can rely on Him. He is faithful to His promises. He still loves us even when we don’t love Him in return.

PRAYER: Thank You for Your promises, O God. I want to trust You more. I’m going through a tough season in my life and I need to hear from You. I need Your mercy and grace to awaken my love for You again. Amen.

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