|Today, I read in Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, and Zechariah. Here are a few thoughts that came to me as I read: |
1) THE WORDS MAKE THE WALK; THE WALK MAKE THE WORDS WORK FOR GOOD- Micah 2:7 says it this way: "do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?" Now this walking uprightly.... what does it mean? Well, it is not being sinless, but it is being sin conscious.. It is having a sensitivity to our sin that brings us to a point of repentance and godly sorrow every time we sin. It is being in a state of heart that will not allow us to sin without it smiting our hearts and having our spirit cry out to God for forgiveness, so that our relationship with Him is quickly restored to a vibrant relationship. It is that! And, when this takes place.... God's Words do good to that Christian. Let us ever strive to be just this type of Christian.
2) REVIVAL PLEASE- Habakkuk 3:2 says: "O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy." We need revival, but it always begins with us, it always begins with one, and it always spreads once it begins. We can be the catalyst for change. God can use us to trigger revival in others.... (by that I mean create in others a hunger for revival.) Please LORD, let us be revived if no one else ever gets it! Let us be thoroughly right with our God, and live in His presence. Abiding in Him!
3) CONSIDER- The short, one chapter book of Haggai, tells us to "consider" five times in this one chapter. The short book is about the temple and the need to rebuild the house of God. They are told to "Consider your ways". They live in houses they have built, but they have not built God's house. We should always put a premium on the house of the LORD. (Even above our own home).
4) APPLE OF GOD'S EYE- In Zechariah 2:8, it says that "he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye." Now the apple of the eye is the reflection you see when you look into someone else's eye. This tells us first that God is looking at Israel, (and looking at us!) It also tells us that who ever touches us, is sticking their finger in the eye of God! (and, HE might not like that!) We are just so loved by the LORD.
LORD, thank You for this time. Thank You for Your Word, Your Spirit, and the love You show to me each day. Thank You for your mercy being new today. Thank You that I can walk with You today.... and everyday! Love You LORD.... Love You! Amen. Have a blessed day. Pastor Mike Mutchler