"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!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!