I am in Zechariah as I continue my reading through the minor prophets. I am daily amazed and blessed at what God gives us through all the books of His Word – and at what He gives me, personally.
In Zechariah chapter 7, God reminds His people of their hard, selfish hearts, the reason they were carried away captive. Even in their captivity, as they walked through the rituals, their hearts were not bowed in humble adoration before their great God. He renews His call to heed His prophets, to walk in His ways with His heart (v 9, 10). But they would not hear.
It is the same with us, with all people: we cannot have a heart for God unless we have God’s heart – His Holy Spirit within us to love as He loves.
1 John 4.19 We love Him, because He first loved us.