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From the Wall: Zechariah 4

Written by Diana Standridge on

 

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit’ says the Lord of Hosts.” Zechariah 4:6

If you are a long-time fan of Marvel movies, please humor me as I am a newcomer! Seeing Captain America for the first time, I was struck with analogies to the Christian life.  You probably know the story of the very small and somewhat frail young man with the heart’s desire to serve in the military during WWII. He is rejected time and again because of his physical deficiencies until finally, one scientist recognizes the brave and loyal heart inside the frail body. He recruits the young man for a special task with the poignant words, “There are already so many big men fighting the war, perhaps what we need is the little guy.” And so Captain America is entrusted with great strength, not his own, to fight and defeat the enemy. When I heard this and then watched the story unfold, I was reminded of one of my very favorite and beloved Bible heroes, a boy named David.

There was a war in his day as well, a war against the Philistines who had as their secret weapon an arrogant giant named Goliath. But first, let’s get the back story! Saul who was the first and current king of Israel was a miserable failure. Though looking good on the outside, being tall and handsome as well as being somewhat of a military success, he was disobedient to the Word of God. Despite Samuel’s grief over Saul, the Lord sent him to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem to anoint the next king, a man after the very heart of God! As Jesse’s sons were paraded before Samuel, he set his sights on Eliab, the eldest son because he looked kingly, much like Saul had. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'” (1 Samuel 16:7). We only know how things appear to be, but the Lord knows the truth! So they sent for David, Jesse’s youngest son. He was out tending the sheep and apparently was such an unlikely candidate that he hadn’t even been included in the family’s evening with the prophet. The Lord told Samuel to anoint David in the midst of his brothers, and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.

The day came when David, serving as his elderly father’s errand boy, went to take supplies to his three brothers serving with King Saul on the front lines. Out came Goliath, huge and mean, taunting and challenging the armies of Israel who were all trembling with fear. As David listens to the giant’s taunts, he alone recognizes the challenge for what it is. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the Living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26). David volunteered to face the giant, knowing that the God who delivered him from wild animals as he cared for his sheep, is the Shepherd of Israel who would also deliver His sheep from this giant. Perhaps King Saul thought as the scientist in Captain America, ‘So many big men, perhaps we need the little guy.’ And so David, though young and insignificant to those around him, faced the giant, being made strong by the power of God in Him…’that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:46).

Has the Lord called you to a task? Perhaps like our hero David, you seem to be the most unlikely candidate for the job. The good news is that God uses the weak and works through us to accomplish His purposes so that the glory goes to Him alone! We can join with the apostle Paul as he struggled against his thorn in the flesh and exult in the Lord’s response: “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell on me” (1 Cor. 12:9).

There are already so many big men fighting the war, perhaps what we need is the little guy.

Diana Standridge

Diana has been teaching Precept Inductive Bible studies for almost thirty years. She and her husband Allen have 10 children, 11 grandchildren, three small dogs, and 13 chickens. When she’s not studying or taking care of her family, Diana makes soap and loves sewing, knitting, gardening, and reading.

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