Meanderings of a Minister

The Best Is Yet To Come! (Zechariah 4:1-6:15)
February 7, 2014, 10:17 pm
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Wonder Bread

Have you ever had to wait for something for a long time?  I sure have.  I remember once, when I was younger, we were supposed to tour the Wonder Bread factory.  I could not wait because a friend of mine told me that we could “sample” all of the bread we could eat.  I was also curious about how the bread was made because it seemed like every time my grandmother would make bread, she would yell at me about running in the house and making her bread fall.

 The trip was to be a reward for a combination of behaviors desired by my elementary school.  First, you had to be there at least 90% of the time.  Not many absences allowed.  Second, you had to have turned in 90% of your homework.  Third, you must have turned in your science project.  Finally, you had to have a passing grade.  The catch…this had to be done for the entire semester.  When you are in fifth grade, a semester can be an eternity.  Every day, the teacher would threaten all of us with not being able to go it we did not “straighten up”.  It took forever!  I am pretty sure I was in the first semester of fifth grade for at least fifteen years.

 The day finally came to go on the trip and…

It was better than I imagined!  We ate fresh bread with honey, jelly, butter, peanut butter, and even with syrup.  We got to see the bread being made.  We were not yelled at one single time.  The bread did not fall.  It was a wonderful day.

In these chapters, God continues sending visions to Zechariah to tell the people to hang on to Him and trust Him with their future.  He promises that their future will be better than sliced bread (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  He promises they will be cared for, delivered, and protected.  He promises to bless them and to bless their leaders, but they had to wait patiently and faithfully for the deliverance to come.  They had to trust Him enough to follow Him and obey Him and tell others about Him and the blessings would come.  Are you waiting for God’s blessing in this same way?

 Think of a time when you had to wait for something for a long time.  Did that something prove to be as exciting as you had thought?  Why or why not?  I can promise you that God’s promises will never let you down.  Hang on to Him today.


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