SUMMARY: Super shepherd
OVERVIEW: Zechariah describes how the Lord will strengthen, save, and restore Israel. While human leaders disappoint, God will always care for and provide for his people, for he is a super shepherd.
BIG IDEA: God is our super shepherd.
KEY VERSE: Zechariah 10:3 (God to Israel)
My anger burns against your shepherds, and I will punish these leaders. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived to look after Judah, his flock. He will make them strong and glorious, like a proud warhorse in battle.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am the one who brings the rain when you need it and the sun to warm your body and grow your food. I provide for all people, regardless of what they believe or think about me. So don’t bother looking to another for help or guidance. I am all you need. There is no quick fix—unless I provide it—and there is no guarantee—unless I’ve declared it. Don’t waste your time or money looking for the “sure thing” when I am here before you. Seek me and follow me.
I am angered by those who lead you astray. I have raised men and women to lead with love, care, and integrity, but they fall prey to pride or selfishness or their insecurity. Don’t let that happen to you. I want you to be an influencer in others’ lives. Follow me, and I will show you how. Ultimately, I am the leader you need. I am the ultimate shepherd.
Don’t be tempted by the false visions or deceitful words of others. Evaluate what you hear, see, and read by praying, discussing with other believers, and seeking confirmation in the Bible. Ask a friend to help you find answers, or reach out to help someone who is seeking.