Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 28 Scripture Selection: Zechariah 5-8
Food for Thought: Zech. 7:9-10; 8:12, 16, 17, 19
Today’s selection can be condensed into one simple sentence: “Love truth and peace (8:19).” The Lord gave this word to His people and promised there would be very pleasant and beneficial results for having done so. Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit, it is even more feasible to accomplish this Word for those of us who are born again and have the nature of God within us, and the benefits and harvest are even greater.
This message of truth and peace is pervasive throughout the New Testament and specifically directed toward the believers because unity among us is essential for the Church to be effective as the Body of Christ. In fact, truth be told, the believers are the only ones who can fully accomplish this. Those of the world who are led by the father of lies and their own flesh are incapable. So the message is directed toward us, the bearers of God’s love, and we can do this through Christ Who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13), even when our flesh demands to do the contrary.
The apostle Peter in II Peter 1:1-8 directs the believers to live according to the Lord’s truth and peace and reveals the key to accomplishing it. Notice, also, the grand promises for a great harvest that accompany his exhortations:
“Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
‘Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.’”
Peter concisely puts it this way in I Peter 3:8, 9: “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” Notice that loving truth and peace is quite beneficial to not only those with whom we practice it, but also to ourselves personally for living that way.
The Lord never asks us to do anything that we are incapable of doing, and He never asks us to do anything that is not to our advantage. What He asks is always for our good, while at the same time being for His glory. So today, and always, love truth and peace, and there shall be “joy and gladness and cheerful feasts (8:19).”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):