Not By Might


Human power and might have nothing on the Lord.  Even though God made us to use every strength and ability he put within us, God also does not want us to have false confidence in our flesh.  Rather, the God who loves us desires for us to trust him more!

6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

7 “What are you, 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!’”

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 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.

10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”
Zechariah 4:6-10

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord.

Through the Spirit of God mountains become level ground. Human power and might have nothing on the Lord.  This is hard for us to embrace at times, because our wiring as humans is to take action and exert our effort and force to achieve our goals, fix our problems, and conquer obstacles.  And that’s not a bad thing.

God made us that way.  God made us to use every strength and ability he put within us.

At the same time, God also does not want us to have false confidence in our flesh when it comes to accomplishing things which are his to achieve.  There are many occasions in the Bible where we see that God specifically held back human achievement for the sake of his glory and for the sake of his people.

When we cannot take credit and our success points only to God’s care and power over us, it builds our faith in him.  God wants us to trust him more.

And so when we see what God builds through his will and power, and as the capstone of God’s achievement is laid in place, be clear and careful to heap the praises of God’s provision and holiness and faithfulness upon his feet.

Rejoice when we see God’s work.  Rejoice in God’s hand. Rely on the Spirit of God over confidence in the flesh and human ability.  To God be every glory.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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