In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo, saying: “The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. Therefore say to them: Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or heed me, says the Lord. Your ancestors, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your ancestors? So they repented and said, ‘The Lord of hosts has dealt with us according to our ways and deeds, just as he planned to do.’ ”
Reflection. Our God is patient and persistent. The number of times that God calls Israel to repentance is pretty well matched by the number of times they rejected the call! But the numbers do not match. Even after repeated rejection, God still says 'come back to me and you will be met with forgiveness and restoration.'
Eventually the people repent and return to God's warm embrace. God's love is everlasting. God's love is so great that he does not even hold back His one and only Son.
God called us in love. God calls the whole world in love to 'come' to Him. Jesus calls us to go to all the nations. Perhaps he us calling us to simply Find One.
Prayer. Thank you for helping me repent and bringing me into your family. Lord God help me now to Find One for you. In Jesus's name.