Read Zechariah 8:1-17.
As we read from Zechariah, we find ourselves moving from a place of despair to one of hope and promise! Yahweh has great things in store for Jerusalem, the “faithful city,” and counts on strong hands from the community, as well as peace and truth among the people, in order for restoration to take place. Everything is possible, now that the Lord’s covenant with Israel is reaffirmed.
In the beginning of this book, it is reported that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah, but if you review the preceding chapters, you’ll find that God does not speak directly to the prophet until chapter 7. Until this time, the Lord has communicated through a messenger or angel, who interprets God’s intentions to Zechariah so that Zechariah can report visions. Yet, here in these verses from chapter 8, we are reminded eight times that the Lord has now spoken directly to Zechariah. What a relief and comfort it must have been for the prophet to once again serve as an authority on God’s intentions!
Can you relate to Zechariah’s position? How often do we feel that God has been radio silent with us, that we must patiently wait for a direct sign of God’s presence and goodness? Take heart, and in this season of Advent, in this season of finals! Pause and pray for the people that have been bearers of Good News to you and for you in all seasons. Notice the ways in which God has powerfully moved through your family, community, and church family. Get ready, for the arriving Savior who makes all things new is counting on strong and loving hands to restore the peaceful kingdom of God.
Here I am, Lord, ready to do your will. I trust in You.
Rev. Meg Vail
First Presbyterian Church (Logan, UT)