By the Spirit’s Power

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain . . .(Zechariah 4:7)

What do you do when there is a mountain in your way? The story of Dashrath Manjhi can inspire us. When his wife died because he was unable to get her to the hospital to receive urgent medical care, Manjhi did what seemed impossible. He spent twenty-two years chiseling a massive gap in a mountain so other villagers could get to the local hospital to receive the medical care they needed. Before he died, the government of India celebrated him for his achievement.

Rebuilding the temple must have looked impossible to Zerubbabel, one of the leaders of Israel who returned from exile. The people were discouraged, faced opposition from their enemies, and lacked resources or a big army. But God sent Zechariah to remind Zerubbabel that the task would take something more powerful than military strength, individual power, or man-made resources. It would take the Spirit’s power (Zechariah 4:6). With the assurance of divine aid, Zerubbabel trusted that God would level any mountain of difficulty that stood in the way of rebuilding the temple and restoring the community (v. 7).

What do we do when there is a “mountain” before us? We have two options: rely on our own strength or trust the Spirit’s power. When we trust His power, He will either level the mountain or give us the strength and endurance to climb over it.

When I read this it challenged me to ask myself that very question, what do I do when there is a mountain before me? Do I go to God and put my faith in Him, do I trust that something good can come from this mountain or do I complain, get frustrated or even angry because this mountain was not part of “my plan”? There is so much truth and power in today’s devotion, if we can only grasp the truth behind it, when we trust His power, not our own, He will either level the mountain or give us strength and endurance to climb over it. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). He will never leave thee nor tasks thee, what more can we ask for, no matter what your facing, He is there. Make the best out of every situation you face. You have a choice every single day, you choose to feel blessed, grateful, thankful and happy. What will you choose today while facing your mountain?

Have a beautiful day in The Lord!

Today’s Reading is Zechariah 4:1-7