August 13 – Zechariah 10

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Zechariah 10

The Lord Will Care for Judah

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
    it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
    and plants of the field to everyone.
The idols speak deceitfully,
    diviners see visions that lie;
they tell dreams that are false,
    they give comfort in vain.
Therefore the people wander like sheep
    oppressed for lack of a shepherd.
“My anger burns against the shepherds,
    and I will punish the leaders;
for the Lord Almighty will care
    for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone,
    from him the tent peg,
from him the battle bow,
    from him every ruler.
Together they will be like warriors in battle
    trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.
They will fight because the Lord is with them,
    and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.
“I will strengthen Judah
    and save the tribes of Joseph.
I will restore them
    because I have compassion on them.
They will be as though
    I had not rejected them,
for I am the Lord their God
    and I will answer them.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors,
    and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
Their children will see it and be joyful;
    their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
I will signal for them
    and gather them in.
Surely I will redeem them;
    they will be as numerous as before.
Though I scatter them among the peoples,
    yet in distant lands they will remember me.
They and their children will survive,
    and they will return.
10 I will bring them back from Egypt
    and gather them from Assyria.
I will bring them to Gilead and Lebanon,
    and there will not be room enough for them.
11 They will pass through the sea of trouble;
    the surging sea will be subdued
    and all the depths of the Nile will dry up.
Assyria’s pride will be brought down
    and Egypt’s scepter will pass away.
12 I will strengthen them in the Lord
    and in his name they will live securely,”
declares the Lord.

SOAP Note

Trust God with the Rain | Shiree King

Scripture

Zechariah 10:1

Observation

Spring rains are rains that come in the time of plowing and planting.  Farmers rely on rain to water their crops and make them grow.  This verse tells us to be bold to ask God for rain and expect Him to answer through His ability to provide what only He can provide.  We cannot make it rain on our own.  We need to rely on the Lord to bring the rain and be our Provider.

Application

Normally, I love rain.  Rainy days are some of my favorite days.  But, this year, rains in our area have been destructive, causing horrible flooding. It has put a damper on my excitement about rain! Rain can be beautiful, but it is also powerful.  In the midst of spring, productive rains or destructive, flooding rains, I must remember that God is God.  He is powerful, and He will provide, even in the midst of destruction.  He wants me to humbly come to Him with my needs and trust His answer.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for bringing the rain. Thank You for inviting us to ask You for it.  Thank You for desiring to have a relationship with us.  We trust You to be our Provider.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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