Zechariah 1:12,13

“O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon
Jerusalem? … And the Lord answered the angel … with good
words and comfortable words.”
— Zechariah 1:12,13

What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in
it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of
travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy
captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the
darkness still trust in God, for his love burneth towards thee. God
loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: he loves
her with all his infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good
courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaketh “good
words and comfortable words.” What these comfortable words are the
prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion
with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves his church so much that he
cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done
so, he cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He
will not have his enemies afflict her: he is displeased with them
because they increase her misery. When God seems most to leave his
church, his heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God
uses a rod to chasten his servants, he always breaks it afterwards, as
if he loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father
pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” God hath
not forgotten us because he smites-his blows are no evidences of want
of love. If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity
true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has
passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls
them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He
knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever
made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.

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