Day 7 – A Vision to Encourage

So he answered me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts. ‘What are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. And he will bring out the capstone accompanied by shouts of: Grace, grace to it!’”

—Zechariah 4:6–7

I love the prophet Zechariah. I don’t understand everything in the book that contains his name, but there are some awe-inspiring visions to meditate upon. My personal love for him comes from the fact that he came to prophesy not just the future, but to encourage. He was speaking to a despairing people, but especially to one of the leaders over the returning exiles coming back after the Babylonian captivity. I love to encourage, exhort, and prophesy what I hear from God’s heart over people too. I love bringing a word of hope and light. To see the Holy Spirit refresh a weary soul with a grace-filled word is no better high. I identify with what friends of mine say: “We are hope dealers!”

Hope needs a foundation. In this verse, the hope Zechariah is communicating is based on one thing and one thing only: dependence. In order for mountains to fall before this leader, or any leader or believer, we have to come to the place of knowing we are not capable of making miracles happen. This verse is clear: not by our strength, our understanding, or even our expectations on things will mountains collapse and the capstones of grace emerge. It is only by the Spirit’the Holy Spirit of God—doing what only He can do.

It is good to remember how small we are, but this verse is saying so much more. It is saying we should remember and focus on how much bigger the Holy Spirit is than the mountains in our lives. He is so big the mountains tremble before Him and He easily makes them flat land. He will be the new foundation stone called grace.

The things of God are done by God. Only He can do them. How many of us have tried to make God’s plan happen for us on our timing and in our own strength? It usually ends badly, resulting in burnout. It is a daily practice in prayer for me to say, “Lord, I don’t understand. I am not going to try and understand but trust in Your grace and will for me.” It is in this very act of dependence that the Spirit says, “I got this!”

We each have an assignment, a good future He wants us to live into. There are things we hold onto—broken relationships, lies, physical circumstances’standing in the way. We’ve all tried our best to get over, around, or go through them, but it will never be complete when we go at it alone. This vision was given to encourage us to trust and ask the Spirit of the living God to do what only He can do.

God graciously gives me chances to step aside so He can make the mountain flat land for me to walk across. It rarely happens the way I think it will (or when I think it should), but that leaves me in awe because it is always better and a much more powerful way to get it done. His way makes me thankful. That is how I find I am more dependent on Him, as I acknowledge His power over my life. That is why I stand and shout: Won’t He do it?

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, because I am dependent on You doing what only You can. I surrender to Your grace, Your timing, and seek Your encouragement as I face my day. Help me to see You at work. I am ever grateful for Your consistency on my behalf. In Jesus’ mighty name, amen.

Thought

What mountains do you want to see God move, and how can you surrender them to Him today?

Band Discussion

  • How do you see dependence creating hope in your life?
  • What things of God are you trying to make happen in your own strength or power? What could you let go of in order to see more of the Holy Spirit working in your life?
  • Do you trust the Holy Spirit to do what He promises—and even above and beyond?