A lot of things in life don’t add up. It was at Fairleigh Dickinson University that I took advanced accounting classes. Actually, they were intro courses, but seemed more like post-doctoral to me! In those days it was double-entry something or other, and I had the hardest time posting debits and credits. I hated it. Sweated every time the professor walked by my desk. That old professor was such a nosey busybody!
How happy I was when the Lord called me into the ministry! That ‘added’ up for me! And all to His ‘credit’! Zechariah 10 contrasts the true God with false ones. Verse 2 rails against false gods and those who proclaim them– ‘…household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation.’ Sounds like what I just today’s news!
A world without God is ludicrous. Any word of comfort without Jesus is nothing but ’empty consolation’. Like at an unbeliever’s funeral where some good-hearted person mentions that the deceased is now on the bowling team in the clouds, or fishing on some distant lake in the sweet-by-and-by. Who came up with that stuff? And they believe it! Fairy tales and make-believe from those who should know better but don’t. That’s what we get with false gods, anything less than what the Bible teaches. Without Him, it doesn’t add up. To unbelievers it does, but without any real certainty, any real moorings in something or Someone beyond themselves.
Here’s something that adds up! Zechariah 10: 5–‘because the Lord is with them…’ Not off in outer space somewhere, not hiding behind the clouds. Right here with us. Verses 5 and 6 say that, because He’s with us, we are victors– strengthened, saved, redeemed and restored. Verse 6 says that God is compassionate. Answers our prayers. Has feelings for us. Nothing touches us that doesn’t first touch Him.
He enjoys blessing us over and over again. ‘Count your many blessings, see what God has done’. You know me and math–I can’t count that high! Blessings upon blessings. In addition(see I can add!), He brings us home to be with Him(vs. 8, 10). Home from strange places. He grows His family. Watches over our safety(v. 11)as we walk in His Name(v. 12). This type of walking is not simply one foot in front of the other, but being in relationship with God. Knowing Him. Wanting to follow Him. Does this not makes sense? He debits our credits. He paid the price. The balance we owe is now zero! It’s promised to us by God Himself. He gives us His Word. His Word is the Bible. You can count on it…on Him! Now, that really adds up!
Prayer: Lord, we do want a close relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.