Our first reading today is from Zechariah 8. More on that in a moment. In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 9, Jesus tells the disciples – again – “For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.”
Zechariah received his call around the time of the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. This was a tough time for the children of Israel. They had been scattered, and there was but a remnant left. But God assured them that “The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.” He goes on, “Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the LORD of hosts?”
The people were down. Their numbers had dwindled to a precious few. God let them know they were not out. He was big enough to do what seemed impossible in their eyes. He’s still the same, you know. So if you’re down, if life seems to be getting the best of things, know that God has a bigger plan for you. With God on your side, you’re never out.
Father, lift us up with your mighty arms, with your loving hand. Help us to remember that even if we’re down, we’re never out. Amen.