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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. Zechariah 4:6

We live in a society that worships strength. We admire the athlete that excels at what they do and are in awe of their strength. We applaud modern day heroes as they risk their lives to save the lives of others or battle personal adversity. There aren’t any reality shows in which the winner is the weakest person!

In God’s society the idea of personal strength is just the opposite of what He looks for. In the book of Zechariah God sends a message to a guy named Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel had a huge task to perform and was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge that lay before him. But God informed Him of two things. First, the task would be completed and, secondly, it would not be done by Zerubbabel’s strength but by God’s strength.

The wording of the verse implies that if Zerubbabel would lean on God’s strength every mountain would be removed and every obstacle would be conquered. It would not be done by physical strength (might) nor would it be done with the inner ability to influence those around him (power). It would be done by God alone.

Some people rely on physical strength (might) to get their way and handle conflict. But physical strength only works when you are stronger than the enemy, and gives way to youth as we grow older. Others rely on inner resolve and mind manipulation (power) to sway things their way. But that too proves fruitless in the face of the enemy. While we see weakness as a hindrance, God seeks the weak to do His work. He promises that ‘He (Jesus) who began a good work in you WILL complete it’.

We all have mountains and obstacles in our way. Things from our past haunt us. We suffer from the consequences of poor choices, broken relationships, illness or a variety of other issues. God never intends for us to face the obstacles of our lives alone. It has always been His intent to help us rise above those challenges to reach the dreams we have for ourselves.

Relax. It isn’t your job to fight the battles ahead of you. You are only asked to ‘rest in God’s power’ and allow Him to handle the challenges of your life. Step outside the box. Trust His strength to endure. He may be waiting for you to hand it over to Him so He can use whatever struggle you have for His glory.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, there are so many things in life that are attacking me right now. Many of them are a result of my own stubbornness and poor choices. Empower me to trust Your Spirit to motivate and encourage for today’s battles. Give me faith to conquer the obstacles ahead of me. Amen.

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