Are we convinced that God has a plan?
Today’s Scripture reading comes from Zechariah 4:6, quoting from the NASB:
“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.”
Leaders, in our zeal to do and accomplish, how closely do we follow God’s divine guidance? Yes, we should have passion for our work, and we should thrive to do things in community with others.
Read Zechariah 4:1-14. In context, Joshua the priest and Zerubbabel the governor are likely the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord. Returning home after seventy years, the formerly exiled children of Israel desired to see the temple rebuilt. As far as Israel was concerned, restoration of the temple was job one, a goal which the governmental heads and the spiritual leadership were willing to cooperate to achieve.
Despite man’s best intentions and even focused passion, we are reminded that God has a divine perspective: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.”
So where do we, in our leadership zeal, draw the line when it comes to pushing our own agenda or totally acquiescing to God’s divine plan? Are we convinced that God has a plan, or do we “head fake” God by developing our plan then devoutly asking His blessing?
The Lord’s comment to Zechariah gives me pause to consider my motives in service. Consider the following as we purpose to serve God on His terms.
Points to Ponder
Over the next week, here are 3 points to ponder during your personal time of reflection or with a small group or mentor.
- First, prayerfully distinguish your will from the Father’s will then quickly close the door on your fleshly desire. Model Jesus’ prayer: “Nevertheless not my will, but thine be done” (see Luke 22:42b). Every good plan is not God’s plan.
- Second, desire the temple not built by human hands. “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (see 1 Corinthians 6:19). Through His Spirit, the Father guides our actions, equipping us to live out our purpose to His glory. Ask God to help you maintain sight and respect for His temple so that you will be fitted for noble, eternal purposes.
- Third, worship God appropriately. May our service in His name be a spiritual act of worship. In doing so, when the Lord redirects our zealous labor, we will be at complete peace with His actions.