9 The Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
Make just and faithful decisions; show kindness and compassion to each other! 10 Don’t oppress the widow, the orphan, the stranger, and the poor; don’t plan evil against each other! 11 But they refused to pay attention. They turned a cold shoulder and stopped listening.
12 They steeled their hearts against hearing the Instruction and the words that the Lord of heavenly forces sent by his spirit through the earlier prophets. As a result, the Lord of heavenly forces became enraged. (Zech. 7:9-12, CEB)
Israel’s issue was simple. Keep the instruction of the Lord. And the instruction isn’t that difficult to understand.
— Make just and faithful decisions. Got it.
— Show kindness and compassion to each other. Check.
— Don’t oppress the margins of society. You bet.
The problem was that Israel chose to ignore what was said. They refused to pay attention.
This is our issue. God’s best is in front of us. He wants what is for our good. And we decide… not to pay attention. We know better than God. We’re smarter than his Word. We make all kinds of excuses.
This is not a great position in which to find ourselves. But we seem to be as hard-headed at times as Israel. God isn’t particularly favorable toward those who call themselves his people and they keep ignoring him.
It is simple. Not easy. But simple. And we keep rejecting what is for our good.