Zechariah 1:20

“And the Lord shewed me four carpenters.” 
              — Zechariah 1:20

In the vision described in this chapter, the prophet saw four terrible
horns. They were pushing this way and that way, dashing down the
strongest and the mightiest; and the prophet asked, “What are these?”
The answer was, “These are the horns which have scattered Israel.” He
saw before him a representation of those powers which had oppressed the
church of God. There were four horns; for the church is attacked from
all quarters. Well might the prophet have felt dismayed; but on a
sudden there appeared before him four carpenters. He asked, “What shall
these do?” These are the men whom God hath found to break those horns
in pieces. God will always find men for his work, and he will find them
at the right time. The prophet did not see the carpenters first, when
there was nothing to do, but first the “horns,” and then the
“carpenters.” Moreover, the Lord finds enough men. He did not find
three carpenters, but four; there were four horns, and there must be
four workmen. God finds the right men; not four men with pens to write;
not four architects to draw plans; but four carpenters to do rough
work. Rest assured, you who tremble for the ark of God, that when the
“horns” grow troublesome, the “carpenters” will be found. You need not
fret concerning the weakness of the church of God at any moment; there
may be growing up in obscurity the valiant reformer who will shake the
nations: Chrysostoms may come forth from our Ragged Schools, and
Augustines from the thickest darkness of London’s poverty. The Lord
knows where to find his servants. He hath in ambush a multitude of
mighty men, and at his word they shall start up to the battle; “for the
battle is the Lord’s,” and he shall get to himself the victory. Let us
abide faithful to Christ, and he, in the right time, will raise up for
us a defence, whether it be in the day of our personal need, or in the
season of peril to his Church.

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