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“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” (Zech 4:6 Amp)
Perhaps you recall an ancient fable about the mud-turtle sitting on top of a fence post. Apparently, he had help. Of course, the turtle needed assistance and so do we. However, we tend to thrive on self-sufficiency. Strutting around, preening our natural abilities after crossing the finish line. Eventually however, our human fortitude falls short or runs aground. Afterward, shame slips into our thought processes. Then unsurprisingly, shame cracks open a door of additional devaluation. Over time, setbacks may cause us to flounder. Sort of like quicksand that slowly suffocates the desire to try again.
Take Moses for example. After forty years of desert wanderings, he wanted to throw in the towel. Obviously, the whole nation could have been ‘dead in the water’ (Red Sea), but God drowned the enemies instead. Furthermore, God supplied adequate food, water and shelter. Another stalwart model is King David. He hid in caves, pretended insanity, and escaped his murderous son Absalom. “… though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for you Oh Lord are with me” (23rd Psalm). Regardless of mounting troubles and heartaches, both Moses and David forsook their natural talents. Instead, they learned to rely upon the Holy Spirit’s power rather than their own capabilities.
Overall, the Lord is able and shown to be the God who keeps His covenant promises to the nation of Israel. He is the God who calls, empowers, and uses our weaknesses for his glory. He is displayed as the faithful God who cares for, provides for, and protects his people. While recognizing their imperfections and failures, David and Moses, rather than succumbing to despair, determined to rely on God’s spiritual help. The same is true for us today.
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