by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Whistles are used for many different reasons. They can be used to signal a train’s approach, to call an animal to us, or to signal water inside a teakettle has boiled.
I never considered the thought God whistles until I read a verse in the tenth chapter of the Old Testament book of Zechariah, that mentions God doing just that.
When God’s people returned to Israel in the 700s B.C., after 70 years of captivity, they began rebuilding the holy temple which had been destroyed. Unlike Solomon when he built the first temple, these builders did not have the expanse of trees or labor the king had access to. Nevertheless, the people of God set to work restoring Jerusalem and the temple.
In the book of Zechariah God told the prophet he would return the remnant of his people who were scattered across the known world back to Jerusalem. No small task to gather people who were assimilated into other countries, to man’s way of thinking. But it was not a problem for the Creator God who spoke the world into being.
God said when he whistled for his people, they would come running. From their small numbers God would rebuild his people, and strengthen them through his power.
In most instances, the purpose of a whistle is to get someone’s attention. The teakettle can whistle all it wants, but if someone isn’t listening, the kettle will sit on the fire until all the water evaporates and burns. A train can whistle its approach to a railroad crossing, but if the person at the crossing isn’t listening, there could be serious injury. We can whistle and whistle all we want for our dog to come to us, but if they aren’t listening and obedient to that whistle, we’re wasting our breath.
When God’s Day of Salvation comes, the book of Isaiah tells us people from every tribe and nation will stream into Jerusalem from the four corners of the world.
I’m wondering … do you think God will whistle? Better question might be; will we be listening for God’s whistle, and come running?
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When I whistle to them, they’ll come running, for I have bought them back again. From the few that are left, their population will grow again to former size. Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, still they will remember me and return again to God; with all their children, they will come home again to Israel. Zechariah 10:8-9 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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