Patrolling the Earth
Behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing…with red, sorrel and white horses behind him…“These are those whom the Lord has sent to patrol the earth.” Zechariah 1:8-10 NASB
It was a time that could have seemed dark and hopeless for God’s people. Their homeland had been devastated and their temple destroyed. They were exiles in a land ruled by a man possessing seemingly limitless power.
Yet God wanted Zechariah to realize that He had a different perspective. Showing how He viewed their circumstances, God gave him a dream in which he saw a man riding a horse, with three other horses behind him. From within the dream itself, this man said, “These are those whom the Lord has sent to patrol the earth.”
In an instant, Zechariah understood that God had not forgotten about His people. The Lord saw everything that was going on. And He had everything under control.
God still knows what is going on in the world. The Bible says that His eyes “move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB). Even when we cannot see Him at work, He is watching us. Even when events don’t make sense, He knows what is going on. And He is shaping world events to accomplish His purposes.
Right now, remember that you can trust God. Let Him take away your burdens and give you His amazing peace. Seek Him with your whole heart. Serve Him. And worship and praise Him. He is watching out for you.
DEVOTION FOR TODAY — FEBRUARY 5TH
A Note Of Joy
From: Authentic Christianity
This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happinessEcclesiastes 2:24b-26a
The true message of this book is that enjoyment is a gift of God. There is nothing in possessions, in material goods, in money; there is nothing in people themselves that can enable them to keep enjoying the things they do. But it is possible to have enjoyment all your life if you take it from the hand of God. It is given to those who please God.
Wisdom and knowledge have been mentioned before as things you can get from
under the sun, but they will not continue. To have added to them the ingredient of pleasure, of continual delight unceasing throughout the whole of life, you must take it from the hand of God. The person who pleases God is given the gift of joy.
It is wonderful to realize that this book teaches us that God wants us to have joy. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul said,
[He] richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17). It is God’s desire and intent that all the good things of life that are mentioned here should contribute to people’s enjoyment; but only, says this Searcher, if you understand that enjoyment does not come from things or people. It is an added gift of God, and only those who please God can find it.
How do you please God? In many places in Scripture we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. It is faith that pleases Him, belief that He is there and that everything in life comes from His hand. Underscore in your minds the word all. Pain, sorrow, bereavement, disappointment, as well as gladness, happiness, and joy—all these things are gifts of God. When we see life in those terms, any and every element of life can have its measure of joy—even sorrow, pain, and grief. These things were given to us to enjoy.
This is also the message of Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. It is also the message of Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.