This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty. –Zechariah 4:6
Amazing feats of strength are all around. In fact, I’m intrigued by stories of superhuman strength, like small women who save the lives of children by lifting cars off of them, or kids who can break boards or even concrete with their hands, or watching body builders tear through thick phone books with their bare hands.
Some use the explanation of overactive endorphins or adrenaline to account for these achievements, while others point to clarity of mind, focus, and deep concentration. Whatever the cause, personal strength certainly draws the attention of many people.
In the above passage, the prophet and priest Zechariah describes the message from God to Zerubbabel who is leading Israel in the completion of the rebuilding of the altar and the temple in Jerusalem. The task before Zerubbabel is undoubtedly daunting. But notice the words of the angel in Zechariah 4:9, “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.” Now this is the kind of power that should turn anybody’s head!
The Spirit’s power is endless. It is unquenchable, infinite, immeasurable, and amazingly available. The problem is that most of us, even those who claim to be Christ followers, attempt to do the work God has called us to do in our own strength!! A former Chaplain of the United States Senate stated, “If the Holy Spirit were removed from the early church, 95% of what was happening would have ceased. If the Holy Spirit were removed from the church today, 95% of things would remain unchanged.”
We must learn to let go of our need to manage God and His activities. His Spirit, His strength, and His power unleashed will accomplish His will with or without us. We just get invited to go along for the ride. Sensational victories are the norm for the Kingdom, not because of anything we do, but because of the power of God.
1. Do you have a need to “manage” God and His work in your life?
2. Evaluate the things you do “for” God. Are you working out of your own strength or relying on His?
Ephesians 6:10; 1 Corinthians 1:25; Psalm 18:2