Through the Bible, June 16

Reading: Zechariah 1-2

Summary: Two months after the word of the Lord came to Haggai, it came to Zechariah.  This prophet reminds the people in Jerusalem of their need for faithfulness to God.  They should not be like their fathers who had ignored (at best) God’s prophets and look what happened to them.

Devotional Thought:

Call Me Chicken

The ill-advised game of chicken—for ones who may not know—is a “sport” involving two speeding automobiles on a head-on crash course, each occupied by one or more thrill-seeking (read “foolish”) young people.  The “chicken” is identified as the one who changes course first to avert the collision.

Whoever makes the first move loses (???).  I suppose the only consolation is the fact that you’re still alive.

It’s a perverted value system that identifies winning with doggedly pursuing one’s present course despite the inevitable and undeniable negative consequences.

True in “chicken,” true in life.

God’s prophet’s message was pretty straightforward, “Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you says the Lord of hosts” (Zech. 1:3; see also Isa. 31:6; Jer. 3:1, 22; Ezek. 18:20; Mal. 3:7).

It’s not just an Old Testament message, either.  “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (Jas. 4:8).  The prodigal’s father ran to him, embraced him, and kissed him when he saw his lost son returning to Him (Luke 15:20).

God will return to us when we return to Him.  When we move, God moves.  And we need—desperately need— God to move.  Because of sin, we can’t get all the way back to Him.

He’s ready.  He’s willing.  He’s waiting.

Go ahead. Make the first move and call me “chicken.”

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