MINOR PROPHETS AGAIN
|The Minor Prophets have 68 chapters in them, so you see that take three days to go through at twenty chapters a day. Now, lest you think I'm super spiritual, I do read fast and I've read them through many times before, but I find things every single day that bless my heart. I share just a few of these because of the time factor. Perhaps if I was a fast typist I could write more in less time, but I'm not. Just decent. Here are a few truths in the last chapters of the Minor Prophets:|
1) IS IT DONE FOR GOD? This morning, as I read in Zechariah 7, I came to verses 5,6: "Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priest, saying, When ye fast and mourned in the fifth and seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? (6) And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?"
Now, look at these verses in the New Testament:
Matthew 6:16 "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."
1 Corinthians 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
In light of these verses, we see that even when in the 70 year captivity, whenever they fasted, it was just to be seen of men....not God! And when they ate and drank, it was for their glory, not God's! Do you see perhaps God telling us something in these verses? Do you see that perhaps God is saying that everything.... yes, everything, is to be done to His glory alone. LORD, help us. We are so prone to forget that in YOU we live, and breathe, and have our being. LORD, help us to have YOU in our constant thoughts throughout the day. Let our days revolve around YOU, Let our minds be filled with YOU, let our tongue sing YOUR praises, Let our ears hear YOUR truth, Let our eyes be focus on that which brings YOU glory, Let our feet take us to where YOU want us to be, Let us do everything, yes ... everything, to YOUR glory! LORD, we are so weak.... help us LORD.... Love YOU!
2) ALL IS GOING TO COME TO PASS- Zechariah deals much about the future events yet to happen on our planet. Many of the events point to the Battle of Armageddon, and the Millennial reign of Christ on the earth. In fact, twenty times we see the phrase: "in that day". This lets me know for sure that "that day" is coming. I'm so glad that I am ready. I'm so happy that as a nine year old boy, I made my decision to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior. It is coming "in that day". Praise God we are ready!