Listen to today’s devo!

Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return. (Zech. 10:9)

I can’t remember. That phrase is said and heard more than I like as I age. The facts are either too easily lost, because of a cluttered mind, or just forgotten. This is not the case with God; he remembers.

Even Zechariah’s name, meaning “the Lord remembers,” prompts us to recall God’s covenant and promises to his people. As we read Zechariah 9:16—10:12, we are reminded of God’s love and his desire to be Israel’s shepherd, even in their waywardness of following counterfeit leaders.

Either through dispersions or because of their disobedience, he scattered them. The word scatter implies sowing them by hand as seeds; they were displaced to all nations from their promised land. They and their children went through “the sea of trouble” and “the surging sea,” but they survived and prospered. Yet, in those “distant lands,” they remembered. They remembered God, his covenant promises to them, and his guidance from slavery in Egypt. They returned (turned again) to him.

When they returned to him, the Messiah gathered them back (10:10), saved them (9:16), and strengthened them in the Lord (10:12), and they lived in his name (10:12). That means they obeyed and desired for him to be their shepherd.

What about us? Do we remember him? Are we living testimonies of his love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness?

Return, remember, and walk in his ways.

Gena Duncan is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan College. She and her husband reside in Naples, Florida, in the winter season.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.