Zechariah 3:4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Zechariah 3 tells the story that Zechariah the prophet had a vision and in that vision he saw Joshua the high priest of that time standing before the “angel the Lord”. While he was standing before the angel of the Lord, Satan stood by his right hand to resist him receiving anything from the Lord. Every planned flow of good to your life will be resisted by the devil. Nevertheless, God has sovereign control, his response to Satan was “I rebuke you Satan”. The message there is that the attempts to stop God’s purpose and promises for your life are nullified when you linger in His presence.
What is most interesting about the story is that Joshua, as the high priest standing before the Lord, had on filthy garments which suggests that he walked out of his rightful position in God. Nevertheless at no point did we see God condemning him. Instead he instructed those standing by to take away his filthy garments, his sins were forgiven and God placed upon him a change of garment.
Like Joshua, it is possible for the rest of us to walk out of our rightful position in God. That is what happened to Joshua, but he did not run and hide, instead he presented himself before God through prayer. God’s response was to restore him. Are you where you should be or once were in God? If the answer to that is no, take back your rightful position, by getting back into his presence. Spiritual death and dryness only linger outside of his presence.
Life Application: Schedule times daily to get into his presence.
Prayer: Dear Lord, for those who may be out of your will and purpose I pray for restoration now. Lord, remove the filthy garments and replace them with robes of righteousness. Lord as they come before in humility and prayer, reposition in you. In Jesus name, amen.