In the book of Proverbs, we encounter a handful of wisdom sayings that address God’s sovereign and providential control of all his creatures and their actions. These proverbs give helpful insight into the doctrine of providence and how we are to live securely and confidently in God’s fatherly hand.
The only time Satan tells the truth is when he accuses us of sin. In fact, our sin makes us spiritually filthy before the Lord. But no matter how deep the stain of our transgressions, God can cleanse us through the work of Christ and enable us to live for His glory. We move from filthy to forgiven to fruitful through the blood of Christ, our great High Priest.
Heaven and the New Jerusalem are not glorious because they have no taxes and perfect weather (though that may be!). They are glorious because God Himself dwells there in unshielded majesty. His presence is our ultimate security and joy, and that presence is already experienced in part through His Church. We have been made citizens of an eternal community and a beacon to the nations through the blood of Christ, who is Immanuel, God with us.
Most of life’s battles seem out of control when all you can see are the difficult circumstances around you. But in Zechariah 1, God gives us a glimpse into His “heavenly command center” where we see just how in control He really is. From His observations of the enemy’s movements to their wholesale destruction, God delivers His people through the grace of His great High Captain, Jesus Christ.
From the Garden of Eden to the present day, the source of all our problems is that our hearts and minds stray from the living God. Our sin leads us to distraction, disobedience, and disillusionment because we forsake the God who made us. In Zechariah 1, God calls us back to Himself, ultimately through the Son who was rejected that we might be received.