SUMMARY: One day
OVERVIEW: Zechariah encourages Israel that God would restore Jerusalem, bless their labor, and turn fasting into feasting.
BIG IDEA: Pursue truth and peace for God loves it, and the world needs it.
KEY VERSE: Zechariah 8:13 (God to Israel)
Among the other nations, Judah and Israel became symbols of a cursed nation. But no longer! Now I will rescue you and make you both a symbol and a source of blessing. So don’t be afraid. Be strong, and get on with rebuilding the Temple!
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Do not limit your hope or belief in me to what you see in front of you. The evil can pass away, and the good may be fleeting, but I endure forever. I am the one in whom you should place your hope. I am the one who makes old things news. I can breathe new life into tired relationships. I can heal the sick, and I can give you peace.
One day I will change everything. That day may be today, so always be ready. But you can know me and live with eternal hope. Develop strong hands and have a full heart. Work like it’s all up to you, but pray like it’s all up to me. Get set to serve, to laugh, to love, to live. But I also want you ready to wait on me. I am doing a new thing, and I invite you to be part of it. One day it will come to pass. Trust me today and live with expectations for tomorrow.
If you or someone you know feels down, remember that you can have hope because God is in control. Review a favorite verse on hope from this chapter or share one with someone who is hurting. (If you would like additional verses, Google “Bible verses on hope.”)