3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the Lord. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’
This chapter of Zechariah has the title Jerusalem’s Enemies to Be Destroyed and from the early verses above we can see the title is appropriate. The Bible Project for Zechariah video states chapters 9-14 are a kaleidoscopic series of poems and images about the future Messianic Kingdom. I recommend the video, it is ten seconds over eight minutes and provides a great deal of context.
What is interesting here in verse five though is how the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong’ something seemingly prideful, but it is not. It is not because the verse continues on with because the Lord Almighty is their God! They give God credit for their strength and victory. They may have been out there fighting, but it was the Lord Almighty [who] is their God and they know it and give Him all the credit He is due.
Here we have a great lesson to apply to our own lives by answering the following question. Who do we give credit for the victories in our lives? Our jobs, our marriages, our children, our parents, our homes, our health – who do we give credit for our victories? If we have children or relatives, who do they see us giving credit for our successes?
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said, ‘I Give All The Glory to God’ and was excoriated for it by the secular media. Why? Because they wanted her to only look at her hard work and dedication. Instead she knew who gave her the athletic ability and the mental strength to preserve and achieve. She also tweeted her thanks to God, stressing “may I never forget the good things he does for me.”
We likely are not winning gold medals in our lives, but we have victories all the time granted by God. Let us be sure to thank Him for our victories no matter how much how work we personally put into them. Let us do this from the depth of our hearts.