Returning to God
Daily Bible Reading – Zechariah 1-3; Luke 11
Today’s Key Passage – Zechariah 1:1-6
The prophet Zechariah was another of the minor prophets who spoke to the Jews in Jerusalem who had returned from captivity in Babylon. Like his contemporary Haggai, Zechariah preached a message to the people asking them to resume their work on the temple. In today’s key passage, Zechariah received a word from God that he shared with his people. As I read it today, I was struck by how appropriate God’s message was: not only for the returning exiles, but also for all of us today. It is not a complex message, but it is one that is both meaningful and powerful. Speaking through Zechariah, God told the people, “Return to me…and I will return to you.” (1:3)
There are many times when each of us may feel as though God is far away. We may feel this way when we are dealing with persecution or grief. We may wonder where God is when we are facing difficult financial times or when struggling with a major life change. There is a funny truth, though, about this feeling that God is far from us. See, God has not actually gone anywhere. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. When we feel like He is far from us, it is not because He has moved but because we have. God is faithful and true, and He will never turn away from us. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of us. Throughout history, man has continually turned away from God in one way or another, and each time we do, the distance between us and God grows. If you are feeling like God is far away from you, remember His words to the people of Judah. “Return to me…and I will return to you.” If we want to feel closer to God, all we have to do is turn toward Him and move in His direction.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on September 28, 2014, in 38 - Zechariah and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Forgiveness, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Repentance, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.