“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” (Zech 4:6).
My wife and I love to watch college basketball and football. More often than not we cheer for the underdog. When a smaller college upsets a bigger college, it makes the headlines because no one expected them to win. That’s sort of the theme of the Bible because God takes the least likely and does the most improbable. Why? The purpose is to glorify His name and to tell us that “the battle is the Lord’s,” not ours. Gideon is a great example of that when “When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12). Wait, “mighty warrior?“ Wasn’t Gideon hiding? Yes but God calls things that will be as though they already exist because He has the power to bring it about (Rom 4:17). Amen to the fact that “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are so that no one may boast before him” (1 Cor 1:28-29). When Gideon said that “my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15) “The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive” (Judges 6:16).
Truly, “the battle is the LORD’s“ (1 Sam 17:47) for “with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chron 32:8). Indeed, God has promised all believers that “I, the LORD their God, will save them” (Hosea 1:7). God not only loves to use underdogs, He is most glorified in using them. This is the greatest upset of all time, at least in our eyes.
May God richly bless you.
Pastor Jack Wellman
image by Zach Ennis