"Then he said to me, This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, "Not by might not by power, but by My Spirit,’says the Lord of Host. What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of "Grace, grace to it!"
Zerubbabel was performing the call of God on His life, which was to lay the stone work for His temple. He was acting in obedience to what God had initiated for Him to do. It was God’s plan, not his own. Now God is warning Zerubbabel it is not in your might or power this will be performed, but by the Holy Spirit.
How easy it is in our zeal to serve God to forget this very important truth. We must rely on Him, so it will remain His work and not become ours. Once this happens, it becomes what the Bible refers to as a "dead work" which has no reward.
Then He proclaims,
"What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain."
Mountains often represent the obstacles placed in our way by the enemy to prevent us from accomplishing the work God has called us to. Here Zerubbabel is assured he will place the final stone on the temple completing his task, and there would be shouts of grace!
Any servant of Christ who relies on the Holy Spirit to complete His work through them knows at completion it was all grace, God’s goodness, none of their own. Our responsibility is only obedience. Then the glory goes to Him alone who is worthy and all that is good.
What mountain might you be facing this morning? If God be for you , who can stand against you? Align your life in obedience to His Word and Spirit, and know all great mountains shall become plains by the power of the Holy Spirit! May you rest in the faithful promises of God.
In His love.
Once again I relished in the peace and rest I find in His creation. Photo taken this week while biking on New River Trail with a client near Draper, Virginia. How blessed we are to live where we do!