“This is the word of the LORD: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Ever become so discouraged you feel like quitting? The book of Zechariah records a time when God called the Israelites to reconstruct their fallen temple. They began the task, but because of obstacles, such as violent opposition by nearby peoples, they became discouraged and quit. Construction lay dormant for 15 years. However, through a vision given to Zechariah, God provided 3 keys to getting rededicated to the task He’d called them to.
Turn from self-reliance to Holy Spirit reliance – God’s message to the workers was that they needed to stop relying on themselves and start relying on His Holy Spirit. It’s via the Spirit’s power that obstacles that seem to us as mountains will be made flat, for “what is a mighty mountain to the Lord?” (Zechariah 4:7).
Avoid the comparison trap – Comparing ourselves to others can lead to discouragement. After the workers laid the temple foundation, Ezra records there were shouts of joy, but there was also… mourning? Shouts of joy from the young men, but sadness by the older men present. Why the sadness from the older men? Well, they’d lived long enough to see King Solomon’s glorious temple, and by comparison, the foundation of the new temple was significantly smaller, which left them dejected.
Delight in the circumstance God has placed/called you – The Lord’s question to these men who would compare their “lowly” project to Solomon’s temple? “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the … eyes of the Lord … will rejoice when [He sees] see the [temple’s completion]?” (v. 10). We have this tendency, because of our human nature, to want to be the next great thing, to be in the place of prominence. But if God rejoices in seeing us carry out a task He’s called us to, no matter how menial it seems to us, should we not find joy in it?
Question: What step must you take to get back on track?
Challenge: Take that step today.
Prayer: Lord, help us delight in doing your will and empower us by your Spirit to accomplish the tasks you’ve set before us.
Rob Crose -- BC Staff