“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 NKJV
17 The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV
Our Father God is on our side, doing in us what He needs to do. He rejoices (dances) over us all with gladness, He quiets us in HIS LOVE, He rejoices over each of us with singing. It is He who made us and not we ourselves; He is passionate about us and wants us to do well! God made a covenant with Abram before Ishmael was born, promising that Abram & Sarai would have a son and their descendants would inherit the land and prosper. Since God had no equal, He took on both sides of the covenant in Genesis 15:
17 And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. 18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram (NKJV)
We serve an amazing covenant making-covenant keeping God. He is so much higher and mightier than any “god” we humans can dream up; not any that the devil’s minions can imitate. Our Father God was not made by human hands, had no beginning, has no end, and loves His creation because we all came from Him. By His Spirit, He even speaks to us!
Louie Giglio in his Indescribable video series shares photos from NASA’s website that show the farthest reaches of space that our engineers have been able to capture so far. In the deepest “tunnel” at the end of their current reach, you can make out a cross. Is this visual from Father God showing the truth of the Scriptures that talk about Jesus Christ being “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world”? (Revelation 13:8b)
Our Heavenly Father knew ahead of time what His creation would need. He always knew we couldn’t save ourselves; the Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 7 that the Torah (Law) of the Old Testament was our teacher to show us what God requires and clearly illustrate why we can’t attain righteousness through our human, religious efforts to follow the Law because if we err in even one point of the Law, we’ve broken the whole Law. Hallelujah! in His ultimate love, God prepared a way for our salvation before we even knew we needed it! As the Israelites in the Old Testament won when they trusted God’s Spirit to lead them, after Christ was seated at His right hand (no longer needing Holy Spirit power for His walk on Earth), the Father sent the Holy Spirit down to Believers. When we accept the free gift of cleansing salvation from Jesus Christ, we then take on His righteousness to cover our “filthy rags” and accept the Holy Spirit into our lives to lead us into all truth. As the Gospels say: Come to Jesus as a little child; loving, trusting, joyfully following His lead.
I leave you with this prayer from the January 2018 Liferight of Watertown newsletter:
Lord, grant that I may never forget that I cannot take a breath, nor blink an eye but for your grace.