Some things just seem too good to be true. Do you ever think that? I know I do, and I believe the people of God during Zechariah’s ministry thought the same as well.
During that time, the majority of the people were in Exile in Babylon. Jerusalem was abandoned. The people were depressed and seemed without hope. They said to one another, “Don’t raise your hopes. God has punished us for good. Don’t dream anymore, it’s over.”
But God was not done yet.
God told them that Jerusalem would again be filled with people of all ages. There would be children running in the streets. Joy and hope would return.
But the Israelites couldn’t believe it. “It’s impossible. It seems to good to be true.”
I love God’s response. He says in Zechariah 8:6, “All this may seem impossible to you now, a small and discouraged people. But do you think this is impossible for me, The Lord Almighty?” He asks the same question in other places, “Is there anything too difficult for me?”
I read this passage this morning and God nudged me. Actually, He almost pushed me off the chair. God’s question was loud and clear. Deryk, what are you scared to ask Me about? What is on My heart, I will accomplish. Nothing can get in My way. If I can make the whole universe out of nothing, ‘Do you think this is going to be too hard for Me?’
Further in Zechariah 8, God shares part of the way He is going to accomplish His plans. He tells them that people from all nations will travel to Jerusalem. They will say to one another, “Let us go to Jerusalem to ask the Lord to bless us and to seek the Lord Almighty” (Zech. 8:21). They will grab the clothing of the Jew and say, “Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you” (Zech. 8:23).
I read those words and I thought of our church and other churches in the area. I got excited about the possibility of people traveling from all over so that they could be blessed from the Lord because they heard of God’s work among us. But then, I caught myself questioning it. That’s not what will happen here.
Deryk, is there anything too difficult for Me? What is on my heart I will do.
What’s on the Lord’s heart that you are scared about? What are you questioning and refraining from asking because you think it’s too outrageous? It seems to good to be true.
Is there anything too difficult for Me?
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