Scripture Zechariah 10:1-2
Ask rain from the Lord
in the season of the spring rain,
from the Lord who makes the storm clouds,
who gives showers of rain to you,
the vegetation in the field to everyone.
2 For the teraphim utter nonsense,
and the diviners see lies;
the dreamers tell false dreams,
and give empty consolation.
Therefore the people wander like sheep;
they suffer for lack of a shepherd.
- Teraphim seem to be ancestor-worship objects that were consulted for advice and direction
- Contrast between asking the Lord and asking “idols” – ancestors, household gods, seers/diviners
- Contrast between what the Lord gives and what these others give – rain, plants vs. nonsense and lies
- Implication that the people follow the teraphim and dreamers – and therefore are leaderless. Does this mean the leaders are responsible for this situation? Or that the Lord is the shepherd and they are following someone else who cannot and will not provide?
These words strike at my constantly returning tendency to seek solutions that I want – answers that please me. I don’t have any household gods or consult dream interpreters. But I do seek solutions where I am most likely to get the answer I want, to receive the result I long to hear.
The Lord is the only source of wisdom and of blessing that is reliable – the Lord does not life, the Lord does not offer empty advice or promises. The things we set-up as sources end up disappointing us: jobs, other people, our own smarts. The list of “household gods” is nearly endless.
If I am wandering it is because I am letting the teraphim lead me and not the Lord. if I am disillusioned it is because I am listening to diviners and dreamers rather than the Lord.
Lord of the Storms and the Rain, give me what I need today. Turn my heart away from familiar and unhelpful ways and toward you. Attune my ears to your voice and not the voices that say what I want and promise what I covet but offer, truthfully, nothing. Amen.