- Zechariah 1:1-6:15
The interaction between the angel and Zechariah in the last chapters of this passage fascinates me. Zechariah sees these curious, marvelous, and frankly confusing images in the visions; I can only wonder how I would have responded to them. And that is fascinating to me. The angel did not explain all the visions to Zechariah without prompting. Zechariah had to ask questions, even asking them more than once before getting the answer. Clearly God wanted Zechariah to receive a message, else why would He have sent the visions? But the fruit of the vision, the understanding of its meaning, often came only when Zechariah asked.
“…You do not have, because you do not ask.” –James 4:2, ESV
Imagine Zechariah’s confusion had he simply hung on for the ride. Imagine how he could have walked away with a feeling that God saw him as special enough to reveal the vision, but without anything more. Had he not asked the questions, we don’t know if the angel would have voluntarily revealed the information. It is possible Zechariah would have nothing more than a good science fiction flick to describe had he not asked the questions.
“…You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord…” –Jeremiah 29:13-14, ESV
God’s desire is that we know Him more and better with each passing day. He will be found, but sometimes He will only be found when we seek Him.
Is there something you don’t understand? Ask the questions. Does it seem God is hidden? Seek Him out. Is there something you feel you are missing? Ask.