But Phinehas stood up and intervened… Psalm 106:30
Oh how I want to insert my name where courageous Phinehas’ is in that verse don’t you! How often have we regretted stepping back when we had an opportunity to step up?! God will never present you with an opportunity you can not stand up to in His strength.
The Israelite community had strayed and bowed down to other gods as a result of being lured by the enemy, disguised as friends. This angered and hurt the Lord’s heart deeply. If you have children or loved ones I’m sure you can relate to God’s heart in this on some level. False friends, that just makes one’s skin crawl. Anyway, a plague broke out among the people and was stopped only due to the zeal of young Phinehas for the Lord Almighty!
Numbers 25:11, 13 for he was as zealous as I am for my honor among them.. he and his descendants will be blessed because he was zealous for the honor of his God. Zealous: passionate, devoted, committed, dedicated, intense, energetic, fierce. Phinehas stood up for God against the wrong his people were committing. Easy?! No. Or there would have been more among the hundreds of thousands of Israelites to do so!
Standing up for Truth is rarely easy, everyone knows that. Thus everyone is looking around for the one courageous enough to stand up and take the lead. Be the one courageous enough to stand up and intervene today! But “I’m not strong enough, I’m not that brave, I don’t have that ability.” You’re right. Neither do I. That’s why we go in His strength, because in our weakness He is strong.
Dear Jesus, make me zealous (passionate, devoted, committed, dedicated, intense, energetic, and fierce) for You today so that it might be said of me… (your name) stood up and intervened for Your glory, Your kingdom… Your honor! At the end of today despite every reason to step back, I want to have chosen to step up with You because in all these things I am more than a conqueror through You Jesus, who loves me (Romans 8:37)!
Independent Read: 2 Cor. 12:9, Joshua 1:9, Romans 8:31, 1 Chron. 29:11