“And now here’s what I want you to do: Tell the truth, the whole truth, when you speak. Do the right thing by one another, both personally and in your courts. Don’t cook up plans to take unfair advantage of others. Don’t do or say what isn’t so. I hate all that stuff. Keep your lives simple and honest.” Zechariah 8:16-17 (MSG)
It’s human nature to feel perplexed at what God wants us to do:
- “Where does God want me to go to school?”
- “What job does God have for me?”
- “Who does God want me to marry?”
- “When does God want me to go on that mission?”
I’ve discovered along the journey that I am prone to want God to direct my situational choices (Who?, What?, Where?, When?). Yet today’s chapter reminds me that time and time again His Message says “this is what I want” followed by qualitative commands. I must conclude that God is ultimately more concerned with the fruit of our lives than our circumstances. He is most interested in directing our time, energy and mindshare to the cultivation of our hearts, minds and souls towards the qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. If we are focused on these things, then the situational and circumstantial questions will fade in importance and fold themselves naturally and organically into God’s will.