6 "In that day," declares the LORD, "I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief.7 I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The LORD will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.8 As for you, O watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem."9 Why do you now cry aloud -- have you no king? Has your counselor perished, that pain seizes you like that of a woman in labor?10 Writhe in agony, O Daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor, for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field. You will go to Babylon; there you will be rescued. There the LORD will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies.11 But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, "Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!"12 But they do not know the thoughts of the LORD; they do not understand his plan, he who gathers them like sheaves to the threshing floor.13 "Rise and thresh, O Daughter of Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hoofs of bronze and you will break to pieces many nations." You will devote their ill-gotten gains to the LORD, their wealth to the Lord of all the earth.
The Chosen (4:6–8)
The plans of God are so unlike anything our culture would expect that it would baffle even the best business leaders and strategists, and the most learned scholars would have a hard time understanding His intentions. When God builds His team, the people He chooses would leave the best coaches perplexed. This is because God’s goal is His glory, and He chooses people who will fulfill this purpose with faithfulness and humility. Passing by eloquent speakers and popular personalities, He calls out to the broken, rejected, and afflicted. God is most glorified through our weakness (2 Cor. 12:9). We do not need to be perfect or even powerful; He wants to use us just as we are.
- Which people do you consider most valuable in your life? Does your view align with that of God or that of the world?
God is our provider, protector, and counselor, and following Him means trusting Him even when we do not understand His plan. For the Israelites, suffering and captivity are on the horizon, but God promises that He will rescue and redeem them. Even in difficult circumstances, we need not despair, for God is always with us. We never have to fear abandonment, for He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. He sees our suffering, and He has a plan to use our pain for our good and His glory. We need only have faith in His love and power and trust in Him. Our God will lead us through the darkness and be glorified as a result.
- If you fear God has forgotten you, ask Him where He is. He might not share His plan with you, but He will remind you of His unfailing love and faithfulness.
A letter to God
One true God, I fix my eyes on You. The storms are frightening, but You are my refuge. Give me Your peace, grant me Your hope, and lead me according to Your plan. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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