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Through the Bible, June 17

June 17: Zechariah 7-9

Summary: Further messages from God by His prophet Zechariah, including further reminders of the consequences of Israel’s former unfaithfulness, God’s plan’s for Zion, and some specific details regarding the coming Messiah.

Devotional Thought:

Let God Do Good

God is good and wants to do good. That sounds obvious but it’s not always how it works out.

To His people God said, “I purposed…to bring good” (Zech. 8:15).  What He had brought, though, was “disaster” (Zech. 8:14).  Why?  Because “your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent.”

That God is good is unquestionable and undeniable.  But what we receive from Him is not based on His goodness, but rather on us.  So, the prophet tells God’s people what they must do to receive from their good God His goodness, and not disaster.  In short it was, “Love truth and peace” (Zech. 8:19).

Love truth and peace?

God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

Yep, love truth and peace.

My Delight is the Lord, September 12

At Peace

September 12, Monday: God is…

Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-11

I am at peace with my neighbor. Not that there has ever been an issue in that relationship; it’s always been very cordial. We smile, wave, and say hello. This is no model for understanding peace with God though. Romans says we have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 1). My neighbor and I practice a mutual co-existence–I mind my business, he minds his. It works. Not so with God. He’s my creator, giver and sustainer of life, authority of my (and everybody else’s) existence. I am answerable to Him, and so are you. We can’t say, “I have no gripes with God” and think we have peace. Man’s sin (in any and all of its forms) violates the relationship, making him the object of holy God’s judgment (v. 9). We need peace with God and Jesus is the means.

Questions to Ponder:

  • What is the means of peace with God through Jesus? (v. 1)
  • Into what does one gain access by faith? (v. 2)
  • For whom did Christ die? (v. 6)
  • What does God show us about Himself through Jesus? (v. 7)

Life Loved and Good Days

Devotional Text: 1 Peter 3:10

Who could ask for anything more?  Really?  To be able to say that one loves the life they live and that their days are good, would be the dream of so many people.  It would be so much better than the frustration and aggravation they feel presently dominates their lives.  And let’s face it, we’ve all had too many of the days that are anything but good.

Ok, so how does one get there?  How do we achieve what everyone wants?  That answer is likely as surprising as it is old.  Peter quotes from Psalms 34 for the answer.  The one who “desires to love life and see good days” should do some specific things.  These include:
• watch what you say—“keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit”
• be careful to do good—“let him turn away from evil and do good”
• make peace a priority—“let him seek peace and pursue it”  (1 Peter 3:10-11).

Had you been asked about the course of action for loving life would any of these been on your list?  Is it not telling that what would lead to what we want, is so neglected or at least minimized?

Think about how these three impact the relationships of our lives.  Is not our joy and pleasure in life directly related to the condition of our relationships?  Our focus becomes more of providing an atmosphere where we can enjoy the love, companionship, and interaction with friends, family, and loved ones instead of getting what we want.

Whoever desires to love life and see good days; that’s me!

–David Deffenbaugh

For today’s Bible reading introduction CLICK HERE

Let God Do Good

Devotional Text: Zechariah 8:19

God is good and wants to do good.    That sounds obvious but it’s not always how it works out.

To His people God said, “I purposed…to bring good” (Zech. 8:15).  What He had brought, though, was “disaster” (Zech. 8:14).  Why?  Beacuse “your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent.”

That God is good is unquestionable and undeniable.  But what we receive from Him is not based on His goodness, but rather on us.  So, the prophet tells God’s people what they must do to receive from their good God His goodness, and not disaster.  In short it was, “Love truth and peace” (Zech. 8:19).

Love truth and peace?

God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9).

Yep, love truth and peace.

–David Deffenbaugh

For today’s Bible reading introduction CLICK HERE