Posted: Wednesday, December 23
Verse of the day:
It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Zechariah 4:6)
Are you facing an “impossible” assignment in your life? Does a God given dream sit stagnant in the basement of your heart?
The context of this verse pictures Zerubbabel standing at an abandoned construction site, surrounded by piles of unused materials, with his head hanging low, consumed with regret, and a hollow look in his eyes. To him, this just might be the greatest failure in his life – a dream has died.
It all began with a promise from God; the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt, wrecked homes throughout the city were steadily being restored, the city was coming back to life, but God’s blessing was not there and everyone felt it. What was missing in this Old Testament community? The corporate worship of Jehovah God that would welcome His presence back into their lives. So why not rebuild the Temple, the place where God would once again touch the earth and bless His people? And following God’s orders, with hope-filled hearts, they began the work.
Plans were developed, the land was cleared, stone and timber were gathered, and the foundation was laid … they were off to a great start but the work stopped. Outside opposition to its construction arose, the governing Persians withdrew their support, and the work ceased for 17 years. But then God spoke up. He had not forgotten His promised plan. The work would continue, it would be accomplished but it would not occur simply by the will of the community, not by the strength of the Persian government. The dream was to become a reality and God would do it!