Zechariah 7:8-9, 10b NIV 2011
And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah: “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’
‘Do not plot evil against each other.’”
Exiles returning from Babylon were in today’s language, a “hot mess.” Zechariah was God’s prophet but also a member of the priestly family. Using God’s Words, he consistently addressed the Israelites: when they returned to God, He would return to them. God provided Zechariah similar words that He’d given Jeremiah. Jeremiah 22:3, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do what is just and right.’” They were much like words given to Moses in Deuteronomy 22:1. Israel was called to continue in their covenant relationship with God. Micah 6:8, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Saved sinners walk their talk humbly with God.
Closing in on another decade, I’m struck with all the opportunities the Lord has offered me to serve Him over the years. Serving Him began that day I returned and began walking beside Him. Much like the Israelites I’d walked away. Patiently awaiting my return, He’d saved many amazing ways to serve Him. I chose to do what was just and right rather than follow the ways of the world. I spend each day focused on Him trying to act justly and love mercy. I’m daily walking humbly with Him.
How are we walking our talk today?
His humble servants,