Zerubbabel was to erect an altar and lay the foundation of the temple on the ruins of that which had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar (Ezra 3:8-13; Ezra 4â€”6). He did not have the lavish provision David had set aside for Solomon to build the first temple – a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, wood and stone, and skilled craftsmen. Zerubbabel not only faced lack of resources, but low morale as well.
This was overwhelming to Zerubbabel. On the one hand, he knew that this rebuilding project was the call of God on his life, but the ‘how to’ escaped him. Personal funding and man’s strength was not going to get the job done. The rebuilding was not going to be finished by what man could do. At this point, God sent the prophet, Zechariah, to Zerubbabel with a Word from God. Zechariah 4: 6 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.” The challenges that faced Zerubbabel could only be overcome by the strength given by the LORD.
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” is God’s Word to us. It is this same Spirit who intervenes to provide divine power whenever we need to be built up, and whenever God’s cause on earth needs to be advanced. When all of our resources and help are depleted, making our situation seemingly impossible, the LORD begins to work so that it can be seen that success comes from Him alone.
So what are you facing? Do you lack the resources and the strength for the problem? Is it overwhelming? Then get ready…God’s Spirit is coming to your rescue.
We love yall.
Billy and Sheilah Daws
Ps. Our family is in Myrtle Beach, SC. God provided a beach house through some friends for our refreshment. We are having a great time. God is fine tuning our vision. Please pray. We are at a crucial intersection and need to hear specifically God’s Word to us.