“For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.”
It had been a very long “day” of small things for Zerubbabel. He had been given the task of finishing the work of rebuilding the temple, and the work had lain in a state of small beginnings for 20 years!
Zerubbabel needed encouragement. And in His loving kindness, the Lord did just that.
By My Spirit
“Then 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 of hosts.”(Zechariah 4:6)
God reminded Zerubbabel that the vital “resource” he needed to rely on was not his own strength, resources, or a great team around him, but the Holy Spirit – the very breath of God.
The work Zerubbabel had been called to must have seemed to him like a huge mountain looming before him.
Personally speaking, I have faced a few mountains in my life that seemed, at the time, impossible to ‘conquer.’
But God promised Zerubbabel that by His Spirit, that “great mountain” would be leveled into a plain. What a promise!
What a wonderful encouragement from God. And He encourages us today in the same way.
“Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’”(Zechariah 4:7)
Bursting with Life
The Lord is more concerned with our hearts along the journey than with merely getting a task done. And throughout the journey, in His loving kindness He continues to work in us, as well as through us.
I’ve been planting seeds this week in preparation for Spring. Looking at our garden now, all barren and stripped bare by Winter, it’s hard to imagine that it was so beautiful in the summertime. Every February/March, I have to shake off a sense of apathy when I look at it.
But every seed I’m planting now, even the tiniest poppyseed, has been carefully filled with potential by its Creator; And at the right time, that potential will burst into life.
Our times of small beginnings are just like seeds. Our small beginning is filled with Heavenly potential; wisdom, patience, endurance, faith, trust, thankfulness – invaluable qualities that cannot be obtained any other way than by nurturing the seed, however long it takes, until the time is right.
And remember, God is not restricted by time, as we are. A day is like a thousand years from His perspective. (See 2 Peter 3:8)
So if you are in a place of small beginnings today, I hope you will be encouraged, and see it as a wonderful God-time, filled with potential that will, in God’s perfect timing, come to fruition.