Not by Might, Not by Power

A favorite verse of mine comes from an Old Testament prophet named Micah. He says this: “He (God) has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8, NASB).

At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be a biggie or that difficult to do – simple verbs (do, love, walk) – how hard can it be? Then you encounter injustice in your town; you have a friend or neighbor who has hurt you or betrayed a trust; you stumble angrily and refuse to take God’s hand to help you figure it out. That old song that Frank Sinatra made famous years ago – I’ll Do It My Way – doesn’t work in your life because you are trying to accomplish all of these things on your own ability, strength and logic.

Another Old Testament prophet has a different take on this: “Then the angel said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying ‘Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit’ says the Lord of Hosts!” (Zechariah 4:6 NASB). So, what does that mean? We are not capable as human beings to solve all of life’s problems – mountains, valleys, sorrows, trials, loss, etc. Only the Lord through His Holy Spirit can lift us out of ourselves as we give Him our lives and trust Him in all of our ways!

As we walk through Holy Week, let the ancient events be refreshed in our minds and learn from the example of Jesus’ obedience to His Father’s will. He died on the cross on Good Friday for the forgiveness of our sins and He was raised on Easter Sunday through the power of the Holy Spirit! As we follow and trust Him, nothing will be impossible for us to do through His Holy Spirit! We will be able to do justice; we will be able to love kindness; we will be able to walk humbly with our God! Now, that’s Good News!!

Blessings, Joyce