The One Year Devo

September 12

ZECHARIAH 6:1-15; EZRA 5:3-6:14; ZECHARIAH 7:1-8:23

We often expect that when we follow God he will lead us down a smooth, straight path without complications or difficulty. The reality is that God often works in surprising ways and uses what we conceive of as distractions and difficulties to accomplish his will. The Israelites began rebuilding the temple but faced consistent opposition for years with the local politicians, eventually petitioning the king to stop their work. Yet this attempt backfired since rather than the work stopping the king ordered these gentile governors to assist in the rebuilding. What seemed like opposition to God's plan was used by him to bring about an easier path to the completion of the temple. God used the sinful plans of the governors to accomplish his will. We may wonder why God allows certain things to happen in our lives and in our world, but we can rest in the comfort that "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." We may not understand the why of what God allows but we can trust his ultimate aims and purposes. 

Father God, may I trust you in the confusion of life, and seek your glory. May your will be done today on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Question: How have you seen God use unexpected events to accomplish his will in your life?

Posted by Derek Newbery at 03:00