Reading: Zechariah 8 and Psalm 30
By Pastor Alex
“‘It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’”
- Zechariah 8:13
I want to share with you about building our lives with hope in God’s promises. As Christians, we have a hope that cannot be extinguished. This hope is not founded in ourselves or our own ability to repair and fix our own lives, families, circumstances, etc. Our hope is rather in what Christ has done for us and what He can do to redeem these things. God has made promises to you and me. The enemy of our souls cannot erase or nullify God’s promise. “It is written,” as Jesus said. Therefore, what the enemy seeks to do is distract us and discourage us from hoping and believing in God’s promises; he works through deception, discouragement, distraction, and disbelief. But God’s promises remain steadfast and are available by faith to you and me! Hallelujah.
When God speaks, it changes everything. It is light out of darkness. When the remnant of Israel returned to Jerusalem and had laid the foundation of the temple, they must have been overwhelmed. The work was daunting, the splendor and affluence of King Solomon was history, and their future was uncertain. In fact, they had just come from a 70-year period when their entire sense of having any future in the promised land was dashed before their eyes, because of their sin. Into this moment God speaks: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets’” (Zec. 8:4-5). As God’s words are received, suddenly a hope for the future materializes. Suddenly, there is a vision of God’s faithfulness, and they have newfound strength to obey the command, “Do not fear; let your hands be strong.”
Where are you in your walk with Christ? Is there victory on all sides, with a sense of going from glory to glory with God? Praise the Lord if that’s the case. But perhaps you find yourself overwhelmed as the remnant of Israel was. Perhaps your life has not much to show but the foundation. The Apostle Paul writes, “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11). Perhaps you have this foundation of Christ and Christ alone in your life, but there have been failures and discouragement and some things are in shambles. Reminded today of God’s faithfulness and His redemptive plan, will you avail yourself of the promises? Will you receive that strength from the Holy Spirit to build on this foundation the Lord has laid in your life? He says, “‘These are the things which you should do: speak truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates. Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,’ declares the LORD” (Zec. 8:16-17). As the Holy Spirit gives you hope for the future, I pray you will be strengthened to build. Let’s begin to obey God in building a life that is pleasing to Him, founded on the Rock of Jesus Christ, and shaped by the blueprint of His promises.
“You have turned my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.”
- Psalm 30:11-12