“So he said to me: This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel. Not by might, not by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Armies“- Zechariah 4:6 (NIV)
In the history of modern warfare one of the most amazing battles ever is the 1967 six day war. After a period of rhetoric and growing tensions from seething Arab nations, never at peace with the founding of Israel in 1947, war finally broke out. What happened after took all by surprise.
Israel launched preemptive air strikes that crippled 200 planes of Egypt while still on ground. Israel then staged a lightening ground offensive attack that seized the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria in a matter of six days. Though she would later return some of this land, parts of the Golan Heights and West Bank remain in her hands to date!
How could a small newly founded nation of just 3 million take on a 40 million strong population and bring it to its knees in less than a week! Of course it is apparent Israel had long been meticulously planning for this sudden invasion on her neighbors. But they must have been too. So, one must acknowledge the hand of providence in her victory.
For a long time ago Israel had won no less than a severe battle against warring Midnites when God asked Gideon to take only 300 men to do battle, against his earlier projection that it would take 22,000 men ( Judges 7). That victory, as was of the six day war, shows how with God on our side, what appears an invincible army, can easily be withered.
There are always armies around us that seem far mightier in numbers and possessions. There could be court battles where the opponent has lined up a dream defense team against our lone side. Opposition may be met at the workplace where the enemy has used all his resources to draw up a seemingly invincible army of supporters. In business a competitor might seem to be far more connected and with better inroads, that chances of our success seem quite slim!
As we see with the six day war and Gideon’s rout of the enemy, might is not everything. As Romans 8:31 says, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Today, whatever army that may seem lined up against you, know with God on your side, victory is at hand!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, whatever forces stand and rise up against me, with you on my side, I am at rest for victory is on the way, this I pray in Jesus’s name!