ZECHARIAH‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬-‭12‬ ‭‬‬

“Ask the Lord for rain in the spring, for he makes the storm clouds. And he will send showers of rain so every field becomes a lush pasture. Household gods give worthless advice, fortune-tellers predict only lies, and interpreters of dreams pronounce falsehoods that give no comfort. So my people are wandering like lost sheep; they are attacked because they have no shepherd. “My anger burns against your shepherds, and I will punish these leaders. For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has arrived to look after Judah, his flock. He will make them strong and glorious, like a proud warhorse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone, the tent peg, the bow for battle, and all the rulers. They will be like mighty warriors in battle, trampling their enemies in the mud under their feet. Since the Lord is with them as they fight, they will overthrow even the enemy’s horsemen. “I will strengthen Judah and save Israel; I will restore them because of my compassion. It will be as though I had never rejected them, for I am the Lord their God, who will hear their cries. The people of Israel will become like mighty warriors, and their hearts will be made happy as if by wine. Their children, too, will see it and be glad; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord. When I whistle to them, they will come running, for I have redeemed them. From the few who are left, they will grow as numerous as they were before. Though I have scattered them like seeds among the nations, they will still remember me in distant lands. They and their children will survive and return again to Israel. I will bring them back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will resettle them in Gilead and Lebanon until there is no more room for them all. They will pass safely through the sea of distress, for the waves of the sea will be held back, and the waters of the Nile will dry up. The pride of Assyria will be crushed, and the rule of Egypt will end. By my power I will make my people strong, and by my authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken!””
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Zechariah‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬-‭12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God’s character is to strive for what is best for his creation. Here we can get a glimpse of what God thinks is best. His intention is for the strength of his people. His intention is for them to exercise his authority despite their humble beginnings. His intention is for them to operate unfettered wherever they reside. His intention is for them to respond to his call as a unified and mighty army responds to its general. Unfortunately this is not a picture of the larger church. Subsects may behave this way, but a whole nation under God is hard to maintain. It must be done on an individual basis from bottom up, rather than from top down. People can live with power and authority in their lives but they must take God’s promises to apply to them and not just the church that they attend, or the denomination they affiliate with. And they must also apply the discipline of warriors. They must be vigilant in understanding that following God means following God. It must be God’s power, god’s way, that they are wielding and not their own.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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