I'm talking about the minor prophets, the last twelve books in the Old Testament. Have you been there? They're not the big guns like Isaiah or Jeremiah or Daniel. But they typically follow the same format, including warning and assurance.
If you haven't ventured into these treasures, let me encourage you for two reasons. They're "minor" prophets because they're short, only one to fourteen chapters. The big deal about these little guys, is the encouragement God tucked into them. Here's a few of my favorites.
- LIFE PRINCIPLES: Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8: 16-17
- RESTORATION: Joel 2: 25-29; Zephaniah 3: 17-20; Haggai 2:4-9
- HOPE: Nahum 1:7; Hosea 11: 1-9; Hosea 14: 1-9; Zechariah 9: 16
Dear Reader, for me, these are treasures indeed! More than once I have hit my knees, face to the floor as my spirit cried out and claimed them for my own.
Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.
2 Timothy 3: 16 CEV
Pardon the soapbox, Dear Reader. I was definitely preaching to myself. After spending months studying the book of Psalms, that's why I went back to the minor prophets. Judging by the dates in my Bible of the last time I studied them, I'm way overdue.
What part of God's Word speaks to your spirit, Dear Reader? Is there a special place where you know He will always meet you? Wherever it is, I praise God for sharing it with you, and pray His Word will continue to bless and enrich your life.