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“‘Not by might nor by power,

but by My Spirit,’

says the Lord of hosts.”

Zechariah 4:6 (NASB)

Not by Might nor by Power

When I was a child, I used to sing a song to this verse. I loved it then. I love it even more now. It has a way of piercing straight through my pride issues, being bigger than every item on my list of concerns. I sang it today, and was reminded to be humble. Reminded that every victory I experience is God’s doing. Any significant opportunities in my writing career, any hopes fulfilled in my personal life, any good work that happens among the youth at our church — are all by His Spirit. My feeble might can’t accomplish anything in and of itself. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1 NASB).

In addition to reminding me to be humble, this song reminded me of the hope I have as a believer. My God is the commander of hosts, plural. Elisha the prophet knew this. An enraged king had sent an army to capture Elisha, and they encircled the city, surrounding the prophet and his servant. The servant was terrified. Elisha told him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16 NASB). Then Elisha prayed that God would open the servant’s eyes, and the servant saw that “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:17 NASB).

Isn’t it reassuring to know that the same God who summoned an army for Elisha watches over you and me today?

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