Champion of Your People

Reading Zechariah 11 reminded me of arguments I’ve read on Facebook. Verse one says to “Open your borders” but when you do “Your sentinel trees will burn.” The New Living Translation says, “So fire can burn your cedar.”

In verse 6, God said, “…He was washing his hands of the people of this land. …they’re on their own. It’s dog-eat-dog, survival of the fittest.” Sound familiar? We react the same way Zechariah did – we want to do something!

Zechariah 11:7, “So I took over from the crass, money-grubbing owners, and shepherded the sheep marked for slaughter…” The Message

But that didn’t work. He gave up. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says our weapons are not physical, but they have divine power to demolish strongholds. New International Version

Daniel 12:1, “That’s when Michael, the great angel-prince, champion of your people will step in…” The Message

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“I wish I’d understood the liberating truth that God is the one who begins His good work in us, and He will complete it. I thought it was up to me. …”

“Never Too Late to Start Again…” Sheila Walsh, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Does that mean we sit back and do nothing? No. We pray and the angels fight for us. We must remain faithful in whatever small thing assigned to us.

“…By becoming master over the small things, he became master over the large things. Faithfulness is a common characteristic of uncommon spiritual achievers. …Jesus spent more years as a carpenter than He did as a preacher…He was faithful in little things. ‘God is a rewarder of diligent seekers’ (see Hebrews 11:6). You must believe the promise is greater than the problem, the objective is greater than the objections, and God is greater than your giant. …”

The Word for You Today, September 17, 2018

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