“…this man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.” 3:2b
What a beautiful analogy of the way God rescues us. If you aren’t reading along with us, at least read the beginning of chapter three.
What’s your story with God? When did he snatch you out of the fire, crackling in a pile of kindling you built with your own hands? And then washed you of your sins and clothed you in something new.
Zechariah’s vision graphically portrays the way we often relate to God. Standing there, being accused by Satan. Reminding us of the dirt on our hands. God, waiting for us to repent and come to him to be washed cleaned.
Do you need to be pulled out of the fire? Grab hold of the Branch he extends us, shut down the lies of the Satan the accuser and step in to your new identity in God.
I recently came across stacks and stacks of old journals. I’ve been writing in notebooks my whole life, tiring out my hand in an effort to untangle my thoughts. I flipped through, my eyes skimming a sentence or two on each page. I decided to destroy all the notebooks I filled before I was submitting my life to God. There isn’t anything particularly terrible in them (besides my penmanship, perhaps), I just don’t want that part of my life documented anymore. Yes, there are a few memories I want to hold on to, but I believe God cleaned the slate and I wanted to as well. I kept the journal I wrote in the summer God got a hold of my heart, because I love that story. I don’t want to hold on to that part of life, the one I lived without Him. I want to step into new clothes, and for me, destroying those journals was part of that.
Is there something you’re holding on to that you need to let go? A relationship, an item or an activity that haunts you of your past? Throw it back into the fire. For if you are saved; your sins are as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)