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.
Today’s verse forms part of the vision of the gold lampstand and the two olive trees. Verses 1-4 describes the vision and verses 5-10a explains the significance of Zerubabbel’s part within the vision. Based on the book of Haggai (1:1, 12, 14; 2:21) we read Zerubabbel was a governor of Judah. In this vision to Zechariah, the angel of the Lord says to Zechariah that Zerubabbel started to build the temple (Zech. 4:9) and that he will also bring it to completion. The words in verse 6 ‘might’ and ‘power’ refer to military strength and human power respectively, and the angel of the Lord says none of these two factors could accomplish this task (namely building the temple) but only by the Spirit of God and in this case Spirit-empowered workers under the direction and leadership of Zerubabbel.
May this passage encourage you by means that if something is part of God’s plan, no power or might can stand in the way. God will enable his Spirit-filled children to finish the task or see a situation through. It’s not on our merits or abilities, but solely by the work of the Spirit, all for God’s glory.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage
- How will you respond/apply God’s Word today?
- Whom will you share with today’s passage or takeaway?
Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment
And then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.