|“Behold, four chariots were going out from between the two mountains. […] The angel replied to me, these are the four spirits of heaven, going out after taking their stand before the LORD of all the earth. […] They patrolled the earth.” – Zechariah 6:1, 5, 7|
In Bible times, chariots were advanced military weapons, transporting armies and spreading fear. Chariots also enabled people to communicate quickly across long distances. Chariots were central to the vision God gave to Zechariah. He saw God sending four chariots (“four spirits of heaven”) who stood in His presence. They were sensitive to His leading and always ready to obey His direction. These chariots symbolized the ways God works in the world and the kinds of messengers He uses to accomplish His purposes. They were sent to “patrol” the earth, moving among nations, reviewing world conditions, examining how people lived, and listening to what they said. This message cuts across time and cultures. People may think they can ignore God in their plans, but they cannot hide from Him. He knows their thoughts, words spoken in secret, and even their motives. God is watching you and what you do. He has a plan for you and the world. He unfolds His plan step by step, day by day. Ask God to help you be ready for the probing work of His Spirit. You can know that His “chariots” are being sent from His throne to deliver messages for you – messages of comfort and insight, conviction and reproof, direction and warning, protection, and guidance. Seek to live according to His Word; always remember that you can trust Him. Nothing happens without His knowledge, and His plans are sure.
Reflection Question: What message is the Holy Spirit impressing on you today?
Today’s Bible Reading
|“I looked up again and saw a scroll flying through the air.” – Zechariah 5:1|
Zechariah saw a vision of a flying scroll that was “about 30 feet long and 15 feet wide” (v. 2). God revealed that this scroll symbolized His Word as it was being spread throughout the world. Through this vision, God showed Zechariah how He deals with sin and how He purges those who sin. His Word never changes, and His standards always are true. He purifies His people and the world. In Zechariah’s time, many ignored God’s Word. This vision is a vivid reminder that His Word is true in every generation – then and now. Each person has choices. We are blessed when we live according to the Word but suffer the consequences when we disobey or ignore it. Remember the power of God’s Word for you! Every word of the Bible has the power to heal, convict of sin, change lives, impart God’s wisdom, and provide direction. His Word is “like fire,” like “a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces” (Jeremiah 23:29). It “always produces fruit” and always accomplishes God’s purposes (Isaiah 55:11). Seek to live according to the principles in His Word. Read the Word. Study the Word. As you read, let the Holy Spirit remind you of truths in the Word and convict you of sin. As you face problems, speak the Word. Meditate on the Word. Allow its power to change you, inspire you, and direct you.
Reflection Question: What has been the most impactful Scripture you’ve read this week?
Today’s Bible Reading