“So he answered and 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 of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” Zechariah 4:6-7.
God gave this word to the prophet Zerubbabel as he was being commissioned to work with God in a project that needed amazing miracles. First, under the kingship of King Cyrus, he led the first group of Jewish captives, who were living in exile, back to Jerusalem. They also returned with the gold and silver vessels which King Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from the Temple after it was destroyed.
Then, under Zerubbabel leadership, the Jews started to rebuild the Temple that was previously destroyed during the war. The foundation took two years to build and then the construction came to a standstill for 17 years. They faced opposition from settlers in Samaria who disrupted the building project and later suffered court battles which resulted in King Cyrus withdrawing his support.
Zerubbabel, nevertheless, had to encourage himself in the Lord to keep the vision alive. He diligently resumed work on the Temple with a renewed effort by God’s Spirit and favor. He grew in favor with God because of his steadfast faith and God made him grow in favor with people. Prophets, Persian kings, and influential people rallied around him in support, prayer, and provision. God’s word proved true and the Temple was rebuilt by the Spirit of God.
It is never easy to do great accomplishments as opposition and trials will always come. Jesus warns us and encourages us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. You will overcome.
My God will strengthen and help me to overcome by the power of His Spirit.
Read the Bible in One Year: 2 Kings 19-21; John 4:1-30