Christmas has come and gone. So has another year. A new one has arrived. How does God feel about the potential of a new start? The same as He does about an everlasting, ever-increasing government, as in His Kingdom, based on righteousness, truth, and justice. Yes, apparently, He gets pretty excited about that.
“The zeal of The Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:7)
Perhaps that sentiment doesn’t seem to fit a dignified theology of His nature, but Scripture isn’t shy about describing His emotions. And in this case, He’s enthusiastic. In His zeal, He will accomplish all that the prophet has spoken.
We long for such a response from God, don’t we? When we pray according to His promises, we want Him to be zealous about fulfilling them. When we bring Him our desires, we want Him to be as enthusiastic about them as we are. We know that when He really wants something to happen, He can and will make it happen.
Think of that: the power of God plus the zeal of God over a matter makes that matter a sure thing. Nothing can stop Him if He doesn’t want to be stopped. Yes, there are mysteries around His will and why it isn’t always accomplished in our world, but when He speaks, His people believe, and His zeal surrounds that word, it’s a done deal. The energy of God is An Unstoppable Force.
Remember that in this New Year when you pray and grab hold of one of God’s promises. If He has spoken a promise, it’s because He wanted to. And if He wanted to speak it, He intends to fulfill it if its necessary conditions are met. There may be some response of faith or action lacking on our part, but there is nothing lacking on His. His zeal plus His power is an irresistible combination.
In this New Year, let that fuel our prayers and our faith. Let it raise our confidence in Him and comfort us during the long delays and detours of the faith life. Know that the things that matter to us also matter to Him. And whenever He is able to merge them with the plans of His government, His own zeal, not ours, will accomplish them.
Have a promising weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who have staked their hopes and dreams on Him who is more than able to accomplish them and so much more.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)