“On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.” (Zechariah 1:7 – God Takes the Initiative Through Visions)
God’s call to Zechariah could be dated. Revelation was not a gradual awareness for him but a memorable experience. The word came through a series of visions. Visions are one form God uses to reveal His plans to people. (Note on Daniel 10:1-19: ‘Daniel’s vision experience was prefaced by abstaining from rich food and isolated himself on the river bank. While awake, he saw a human figure with superhuman characteristics. Daniel’s companions could not see the vision, but noted that were terrified by his state; he fell into a trance-like state—-pale, weak, and helpless, but finally he entered deep sleep. The hand touched Daniel with strength to understand the vision. Demonic forces resisted the angelic figure sent to interpret the vision to Daniel, but divine help prevailed. The vision dealt with future history of God’s people. The angelic presence let him speechless and breathless. He was given understanding to interpret events in the life of several nations. Visions were a common Old Testament from of revelation and usually involved reflection, trance-like awareness, awareness, and a mind open to God’s images.’).
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Some in the Old Testament were given visions to interpret, probably prophets For this in today’s times, who have the gift of interpreting signs, we ask for wisdom to hear in interpretation and understanding of their content. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Sometimes we are so focused on adding up our troubles, we forget to count our blessings.”
“I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said: ‘strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword. Not one will get away, none will escape. Though they dig down to the depths of the grave, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens, from there I will bring hem down. Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from me at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bit them. Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, I will command the sword to play them. I will fix my eyes upon them for evil and not for good.” (Amos 9:1-4 – God Takes the Initiative Through Visions)
God appeared in the Temple to reveal His ongoing presence with Israel and to begin again the conversation of reconciliation. Even Amos, the prophet farthest removed from professional prophecy, received a vision in the Temple, but the vision marked the Temple’s end..
“The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, ‘Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.’” (Acts 23:11– God Takes the Initiative Through Visions)
Circumstances do not limit God’s power to reveal Himself through visions. Under arrest, Paul gained God’s encouragement and direction. God is with us when we speak for Christ. He gives us courage to do His will. Wherever He leads us, He provides all we need to witness to His salvation.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” (Revelation 23:10– God Takes the Initiative Through Visions)”
The King of life took His messenger and showed the future of life in the full reign and control of God. John was allowed to witness a new creation, made perfect by God, designed and working as He intended life and community to be, redeemed from imperfection and sin, and subject to Him. God revealed to His prophet the quality of eternal life and its nature.