Zechariah 10:6-10 – “I will restore them because I have compassion on them. They will be as though I had not rejected them. Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return. I will bring them back.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sometimes (often) we go our own way. We wander among the worldly (distant lands) and forget the ways of God. God will allow us this freedom, but He remains in our hearts (we survive). Eventually we remember Him and desire to leave our worldly lifestyle. Out of His great compassion He brings us back and restores us.
My Advice – There will likely be times when you wander in “distant lands” and do not walk with God. Always remember that you cannot wander so far that His arms cannot reach you to welcome you back. You will find that the first step of the return journey may be real hard. But once you take that first step, demonstrating your willingness to turn back, God will carry you the rest of the way.
Zechariah 7:9 – This is what the Lord Almighty says, “Administer true justice, show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – This is living a transformed life. This is living the life of Christ. This is what God saved us for. He saved us by grace, to transform our lives so that we would do good works.
My Advice – I have little advice in this, because you have a tender heart already. My only advice is to continue being this way. You have left childhood behind and are leaving adolescence behind. You are entering the adult world of work, obligation and struggle. Do not let your heart grow calloused by the things you see, hear or experience. Rise above them and continue to have the heart of Christ.
Jonah 4:3 – “I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Many times we feel that God is just waiting to come down hard on us. He would rather not have to do that. His grace and compassion is greater than anything we could do, and if we confess our sin and return to Him, He will relent from bringing harsh discipline into our lives.
My Advice – Thank God often for the grace, love and compassion He shows you. Be especially thankful following times of rebellion, after you’ve returned to Him. You can never know how much calamity He may have spared you from because you’ve retuned to Him.
Obadiah 1:12 – You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – When God raises us up, we should not respond by looking down on those less fortunate. We’ve been down before and should not forget what it was like, and have compassion on others.
My Advice – As God blesses you, do not forget your friends and family who may be not as fortunate as you.
Lamentations 3:22, 23 – Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Even when we are not faithful to Him, His faithfulness never ceases. He may bring discipline into our lives, but it will not consume us. It will, rather, bring correction.
My Advice – Thank God every morning for His faithfulness to you, Do your very best to repay it by being faithful to Him.
2 Chronicles 15:15 – They sought God eagerly, and He was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We must be eager to seek, serve and follow the Lord. We need to cultivate the enthusiasm we had as new Christians. It need not die out. It usually doesn’t over night. We need to be alert for signs of erosion and act early.
My Advice – When you find that your eagerness to seek God is waning, it is pretty good indication that you are drifting away from Him. Take this to heart and ask Him to restore the eagerness and remove the hindrances (and you must be willing to let go of them). If you do this, He will answer you.