Week 47 Friday

Full of Surprises

Today’s scripture selection: Zechariah 8-14

Key Verses: Zechariah 9:9b

“See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Sometimes God comes to us in the most surprising of ways.

In this passage from Zechariah; long before Jesus of Nazareth; we hear these prophetic words of how He would one day arrive in Jerusalem – and meet His destiny.

Zechariah’s words probably sounded strange to his readers; Jesus’ actual “triumphal” entry into Jerusalem probably seemed anything but triumphal.  After all, ruling kings ride war horses – not donkeys.

But God surprises us, again and again.

Today, thousands of years later, I wonder if we too sometimes miss this God full of surprises.

Too often we look for some people to “get what they deserve” – and instead God shows them mercy.

Too often we pray for material blessing – and instead God showers us with less tangible, but ultimately more meaningful, blessings.

Too often we read the scriptures through our own lenses; reading into them the meaning we want – and instead God suddenly opens our eyes to something we have never seen there before – and the real meaning of the text.

And what is the greatest “surprise” of all?  That in His gentle, grace-filled way, He conquers death itself.

Resurrection – it’s one of His best surprises.

Prayer: Lord, give me eyes, ears, and a heart of faith – to see all the startling ways you love your children.  AMEN.

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