This chapter searches out our worship practices – fervency, orthodoxy and excellence are all no substitute for hearts, hands and tongues that bow to the Father’s way and will. Think about v.9, 10. Are our deeds this week bitter or sweet?
* Mighty Lord God, please break our hard hearts and put our stubborn wills to flight today as we read Your word.
“But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by His spirit through the former prophets.”
Stubborn wills and hard hearts.
We see throughout scripture that even God’s people can do terrible things when they turn from Him, when they reject Him.
God’s commands are for true judgements, to show kindness and mercy, to take care of the widow and the fatherless, the sojourner and the poor.
Yet God’s people refused God in Zechariah’s time.
What then of us?
If we think we are further along, let us be careful.
As then so now, the evil one prowls around like a lion, seeking who he can devour.
That is true now as it was then.
Are we stubbornly refusing to hear God’s word today?
Are our hearts hardened against His commands?
Healthy questions to continue to ask every day of our lives.
* Dear Father God,
Thank You for rescuing us, for saving us from our sin.
Please may we be a people faithful to You, resisting evil, striving for true humility, standing in Your strength and Your mercy, Your love.
Thank You for Jesus, our King and Saviour!