October 7 – Today’s Readings – Zechariah 4-6 and Psalms 97
Zechariah 4:6-10 reads; “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty ‘What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’ Then the word of the LORD came to me: ‘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. ‘Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
What a beautiful prophecy Zechariah delivered to Zerubbabel. This man was the leader of the nation and God had given him the job of rebuilding the temple of the Lord after seventy years of Babylonian slavery and captivity. Remember all the prophets who had warned the nation that there would be 70 years of judgment for their sins? Time and again they had been told of this great captivity as a direct result of their rebellion toward God. Now the seventy years were up and God was bringing groups of captives back to their land. The first instructions given were for the people to rebuild the temple – (pause and think about that one!) It had been torn down and burned by the Babylonians.
Let me digress for a moment and make comment about this rebuilding. When people drift from their commitments to Jesus, the Holy Spirit constantly reminds them of their spiritual state. As they decide to return to the Lord, the first item on the agenda is to rebuild the spiritual foundations – the “temple of the Lord” in their lives. There is no way to move further in our spiritual lives till the foundations of repentance, faith and the fear of the Lord (Hebrews 6:1-2) are restored.
This project must have appeared as a “mighty mountain” to Zerubbabel. This is why he so needed the encouragement of the Lord. I think this is true of many things that we “see” in the Spirit. We know that the projects are God’s will, but they seem far too large for mere mortals! Remember, “Nothing is impossible with God”. Mountains can move when God is managing the project. As we see God’s hand moving in difficult circumstances there can be no other response but to proclaim a “grace to it”, or “God bless it” confession.
Remember, if God asks you to do it and if you do your part, you will complete the job! It will of course be by the grace of God, but the mountain will move for God and His servant. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
1. Zerubbabel was supposed to rebuild a temple and a city – what “God-projects” do you need to tackle by shouting “grace to it” then putting your hand to the task?
2. Are there issues in your life that also seem to be immovable? This is the very reason God has provided His awesome grace – so that “mountains” might move! Name these immovable mountains and speak to them in Jesus’ Name!