Learn From the Mistakes of Others

Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.  Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.

Zechariah 1:3-4

The first phrase in verse four really caught my eye as I was reading this passage: “Be ye not as your fathers…”  God was giving a warning to the nation of Israel and He told them to not follow the example of their fathers.  That is a sad statement.  I’m sure that every father would want their children to look up to them and would want to be a good example for them.  Sadly, that is not always the case.  It was not definitely not the case in this situation.

God was sending these people a prophet in hopes of getting them to turn back to Him.  He had already sent prophets to their fathers with the same message:  “Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings…”  And their fathers rejected that message and rejected the Lord: “…but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the LORD.”  Even though they had rebelled against Him, God had extended them an offer of reconciliation, which they rejected.

Now God is imploring the people to learn from the mistakes of their fathers and turn back to Him.  Sometimes it is important to learn from the mistakes of others.  We fail and we need to learn from those failures.  Others around us fail, too.  We need to learn from those mistakes as well.  In every situation in our lives, the Lord wants to teach us something.  The question is: are we willing to learn?  These Israelites didn’t learn from the mistakes of their fathers and were destroyed because of it.

2 responses to this post.

  1. How amazing that He uses everything, the good, the bad, to teach us. Praying that I stay teachable today!
    God bless you, Ben, for another great lesson!

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