Disciplined study of God’s Word, acceptance of His Son, and asking for help to receive the power of the Holy Spirit leads to a bright future. Even though the book of Zechariah was written around 519 BC after the Babylonian captivity from 587 to 538 BC, we can learn lessons that we can apply in our life today because it is about returning to God.
As I journey through Zechariah 5-6, there are aspects of God’s character that one can see in the sixth vision. He is powerful and able to destroy any enemy. God has control of nature like thunder, lightning, and storms that can destroy. Thoughts come to mind about the plagues in Egypt as things were set up to allow Moses to lead the people to the Promised Land.
The seventh vision is about a woman in a measuring basket. The angel said it represented iniquity of the people throughout the land (v. 6). There is sin and God’s curse cannot be subdued but as we read on we find out about His saving grace.
Christ provides a way we can receive His power to live a disciplined life. We can diligently obey the voice of the Lord today by making a choice; the most important choice of accepting His Son and becoming more like Him, responding to the Word, being filled with His Spirit, and interacting with fellow believers. This choice requires some effort and it’s a lot like training for a boxing match, a marathon or anything that competes against us as we go through life.
When I was in 10th grade, I came out for football. The team had to get up early in the hot summer days of Texas and practice. Later in the evenings, we went through a grueling workout again. We did this for about three weeks and as the two a day workouts came towards the end, our coach took the team to see Rocky. I still remember today how the movie inspired the team and set the stage for a winning season. It’s the same in our spiritual life. Billy Graham once said, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ”.
Today, I’m praying for discipline and to diligently obey the voice of the Lord.