Not by Might, Nor by Power, But By The Spirit of the LORD (Zechariah 4:6)
Text: Zechariah 4:1-14
Additional Texts: Matthew 16:18-19
God speaks to the Israelites through the prophet Zechariah at a time when they had been released by King Cyrus to return to their land from the exile they had been in.
Their return and consequently the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem was to be spearheaded by Zerubbabel with Joshua as the chief priest. In this chapter, God gives them hope that the work of rebuilding the temple would be accomplished through the enablement of His Spirit and with resources He would provide.
This would progress regardless of how small the beginning may have seemed or the obstacles that were on their way.
Our context may not be similar to what the Israelites were faced with especially after being in exile for a long period of time, but the word of the LORD that came through Zechariah still applies to us today since we are faced with even a greater task of building the Kingdom.
In fact, Jesus declared a similar message to His disciples concerning this work saying that He is building His church on the rock and the gates of Hades will not overcome it (Matt. 16:18-19).
What God has given us to fulfill as individuals and as a Church may seem enormous in scope and methodology. Fulfilling the Great Commission by being witnesses and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus to the ends of the earth, thereby making disciples of Christ, seems to require a greater effort, more resources than are available and more manpower than the number of Christians we have in the world so far.
This can also be attested to with regard to our various individual God-given dreams and ambitions since they too contribute to God’s mission. This word therefore serves to give us an assurance of God’s commitment and provision and is a timely impetus for us to pursue and fulfill God’s work with confidence and zeal knowing that God will finish what He started (Phil. 1:6).
Missionary Hudson Taylor reinforced this message when he said, “…God’s work, done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” Thank God that we have the Holy Spirit who enables us to do God’s work His way.
In our study through this message, we will explore how we could appropriate it in our context today as individuals and as a church.