NOT BY MIGHT BUT BY MY SPIRIT
The task before the Israelites was to rebuild the Temple. They had just returned from 70 years of captivity in Babylon. Jerusalem is wasted. The once glorious Temple of Solomon is a heap of rubbish. The tasks seemed impossible. Only 50,000 people had returned from Babylon including elderly, women and children.Solomon had only meager funds. The task seemed impossible. Many so discouraged they gave up and concentrated on their own house. The work on the temple finally ceased. Zerubbabel, one of the men in charge, had given up. Now Zechariah has a vision. The lamp stand with the seven cups, with olive trees on either side of the lamp stand with pipes connected to the seven oil cups of the lamp. Now God’s message to the discouraged Zerubbabel came, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. Many times God’s word has isolated application. Many times God’s word states a universal principal of God that holds true at all times. Such is the case here. There is only one truly effective way to accomplish the work of God. Off times, more time and energy is spent organising a programme than is spent on the programme itself. Much more than is spent in prayer. The church tries with all its might to do the work of God. Sometimes, we have many areas in our lives we have experienced such defeat. God, by His Spirit, can do for us what we could never do.
Written by Mugdha Sahu, India.