Today’s Reading – Zechariah 1-2
“I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors. Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’ Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.’ “Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead. But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, ‘We have received what we deserved from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He has done what he said he would do.’” (Zechariah 1:2-6 NLT)
“Return to Me and I will return to you,” was the message of the prophet Zechariah. Everything that God said would happen has happened. Notice that the people recognize that they were being punished for their sin, yet they still had a choice to make. Would they return to God or not.
Application to me – I can be sorry for what I have done and even apologize. Yet, have I really changed? Am I repentant. I must make a choice to return to God in order to complete the repentance process and be restored.
Warren Weeks – December 21, 2013