How rich and full is today’s reading. I could read for hours, study for days and still not understand it all, but it is a glimpse of the hope and the future that we have in Christ and it excites me!
Last night, we watched an amazing movie I highly recommend called “Faith Like Potatoes.” In it an African farmer calls out to God for rain to feed his crops, provide for his family and heal his land. There were no sprinklers, no under ground wells or aqueducts. God was his only hope.
Zechariah seems to understand this dependency that we in modern day America tend to forget. “Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who makes the storm clouds. He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.” (Zech. 10:1) In Zechariah’s day, as in modern day Africa and even in modern America, GOD IS OUR ONLY HOPE. We tend to forget that.
However, we live in a world where farming, medical, and other everyday life solutions have been discovered so we no longer think that we need to pray for miracles. We have pushed God so far out of our lives that we no longer depend on Him to sustain us, heal us or rescue us. In fact, we have grown so dependent on the other solutions that we don’t even see the need for God to be in our lives at all. In this great land of possibility, there are so many possibilities we’ve left no room for God to do the impossible.
I also was struck with the description Zechariah gives of the One who will come from Judah. “From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.” (Zechariah 10:4) As the mother of a first year boy scout, I am learning how important the tent peg is when pitching a tent.
A tent peg brings stability to a tent. It keeps is grounded to what is solid and sure. When the weather kicks up, it is the tent peg that keeps the covering stable and secure. I also find it interesting when considering tent pegs in Scripture, that it was a tent peg used to kill an enemy of God’s people. (Read more in Judges 4, 5) With this tent peg, justice, protection and promise were all fulfilled by God for His people.
We have such an amazing future hope for on that day “…The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.” (Zech. 14:9) Meditate “on that today” and all the fact of his Kingship will change about the world in which we now live. I’d love to hear your thoughts when they come to you…