God's Promise In Discouragement

Reading: Zechariah Chapter 2

By Pastor Alex

Today I want to speak to the sincere believer, those who truly love the Lord. As Paul writes in Ephesians 6:24, “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.” Beloved brother and sister, do you realize the amazing words of life God has spoken for you here in this chapter? The prophet Zechariah continues sharing the message the LORD revealed to him about 20 years after God restored Israel from exile in Babylon. They were back to their land, but much of the expectations of the grandeur that would return to their nation, specifically Jerusalem, had been met with disappointment. They had faced strong opposition in building the temple, so that the foundation was laid but the work was not close to done. Have you ever had high hopes for what God was about to do in and around you, only to find opposition and discouragement, as well as a glaring reminder of the unfinished work that now seems an impossibility?

Right into the midst of that unfinished, discouraged mess the LORD begins to speak His Word of promise to Israel. When God speaks, it truly is Light bursting into darkness. Not only does God remind them of His faithfulness and His irrevocable call, but He begins to use their shambles and their failure to reveal to them the all-sufficiency of Himself! “‘For I,’ declares the LORD, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst’” (v. 5). That is a promise of God. For the people of Israel, it was a reassurance that, though you see shambles on the outside, I’m telling you who I AM, and who I will be for you! All you need is Me, a wall of fire protecting you and the glory of My Presence dwelling with you. Israel was about to begin finishing the temple, as the LORD was calling them, but He wanted to remind them beforehand – I am with you, and I am your protection, whether the temple grandeur is here or not.

As the born-again people of God, we do not have the physical temple at all. Rather, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you” (1 Cor. 6:19). That is the Glory that is in our midst. This promise applies to you and me today. “For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you…was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes” (2 Cor. 1:20). When you find yourself in the thick of a battle, or sinking into discouragement, will you remind yourself that He is a wall of fire around you? He is faithful. Your opposition may seem threatening and powerful, but remember this: the Spirit who dwells in you is greater than the spirit of this world, and Jesus is jealous over His church in such a way that “he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye” (v. 8). Let’s worship Him and thank Him today. Thank You, Jesus, for being the one who dwells in our midst, the one who can say, ‘the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you,’ and yet you yourself are the Lord of hosts. We give you praise, and we pray to fight each battle and every lie with the truth You have promised us. Amen!

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