Today’s Reading: Zechariah 7:1-14; 8:1-23; Ezra 6:14-22
“Do not be afraid. These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this” declared the Lord.
Among all, I find it difficult to “speak the truth to each other”; I want to speak the truth, of course, but I find it difficult to do. For example, when people ask “how are you doing?”, how often do you say “fine”, although you do not feel fine? I bet a lot of time. Why? Two main reasons: (1) you actually have to explain why you are not fine, which is something you feel vulnerable in sharing with the person in front of you; and (2) the person in front of you does not expect you to say anything else other than “fine” in the first place – why? Because usually that person already moves onto another person to say “how are you doing?”.
Being vulnerable is difficult to be, but God wants us to be vulnerable so that He can fill us with his love and grace.
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT)
I also read the above as follows “If you wait for “perfect you” to do God’s will, you will never get anything done.”
Why are you afraid? Is our God strong for all of us? “If God is for us, who can be against us? Roman 8:31”
So let me ask you again, “how are you doing today?”
Have a good weekend.