‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).
Happy New Year!!
God in in His wisdom created seasons—hours, days, months, and years, etc. I believe that one of the reasons was to enable us to have cycles of work, reflection, and rest. The beginning of a new season gives us the opportunity to reflect on our past achievements or shortcomings, and restart with renewed energy and focus.
As I was reflecting on this year 2017 and what lies ahead, the Lord put on my heart the passage in Zechariah chapter 4. Zechariah was a prophet in the kingdom of Judah after the return from the Babylonian exile. He ministered alongside Zerubbabel the governor, and Joshua the high priest. The work before them of rebuilding the temple was enormous and they faced very strong opposition (see Ezra 4). God gave him a message to deliver to Zerubbabel. This setting somehow resonates with my feelings, hopes and fears as I begin the year. I believe that it is the same to many people. We begin with a lot of hope and renewed vision for the future but also with fears and challenges. There are at least three lessons that I draw from this passage:
God’s Spirit is indispensable in achieving God’s purposes.
‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6). We all need to plan, strategize and do everything within our means in order to accomplish our goals. But we also need to realize that without the presence and power of God, all the plans, methods and strategies will fail. God’s Spirit is indispensable in achieving God’s purposes. The Holy Spirit will enable you to accomplish what is, humanly speaking, impossible.
God will work, not because of what you have BUT DESPITE of what you don’t have
“What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground…” (Zechariah 4:7). A mountain is anything that stands between you and your God-given assignment. For Zerubbabel, the mountain was the opposition he faced and, maybe, the lack of resources. Your mountain could be poor health, past failures, lack of resources, family challenges, etc. God’s Spirit provides the power that levels every mountain that no human strength or resource can (see verse 7). No mountain is so great that God cannot level it.
God is committed to accomplishing what He has started in and through you.
“The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you” (Zechariah 4:9). Paul reiterates this in Philippians 1:6: “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” This gives us the confidence to press on even when things may not seem to be working in our favor. What God starts, He completes. For this reason people are encouraged not to despise “the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10). Do not despise the seemingly insignificant steps that you are taking in accomplishing your vision. Although we all need to have God-sized dreams and visions, we should not be afraid to start small. Do not despise any work done in the power and with the blessing of God.
I wish you all blessings in Christ in the year 2017.