Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin (Zechariah 4:10)

Thought:

Work had been started on rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem but it had come to a stop. So The Lord sent word through Zechariah that, regardless of how difficult or hopeless the task might seem, he would see the job done through the power of his Spirit. The Lord still enables those who believe in him to achieve great feats that seem to be well beyond their own strength, or which we might imagine need far more force than they do. It is very easy to become overwhelmed by the slightest opposition, I have found. But, I have also found that if you continue in your task, remaining confident and sure of your goal, even quite considerable opposition can be matched and conquered. We, as believers, are still building the temple which was begun when Jesus laid his resurrected life as the cornerstone. The project seems to have stalled in recent years and the site has even been robbed of some of the building materials that were waiting to be used. But The Lord will finish what he started through the power of his Holy Spirit and through the faith of his beloved children. (See Philippians 1:6)

Word:

Zechariah 4:6-10 NLT

Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’ ” Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Goal:

The key to today’s message is perspective. There can be no great thing accomplished without work being done. When we are overwhelmed by the scale of a project, we can become paralysed to the point where nothing happens at all, and then we have to deal with feelings of guilt, inadequacy or self loathing, or all three. When we are discouraged the very thought of a task can make us feel anxious, but so often, once we begin and make a start, it doesn’t feel so bad after all. My goal is to look forward to what these daily devotionals might be the start of. As I approach the final week of this year long project, I have realised that it is only the small beginning of a great journey of faith. I am encouraged by the thought that The Lord rejoices to see the work begin.

Today’s readings:

Zechariah 4:1-5:11, Revelation 14:1-20, Psalms 142: 1-7, Proverbs 30:21-23

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