Okay, so it is the last day of January, and already this month has flown by. Wow, I am trying to figure out how did the days zoom by so quickly? Ugh! I have so much to do and so little time.
If you’re like the majority of people, who started this year strong, resilient, and ready to take on the world….you’re probably staring at the calendar today, and saying, “I have not completed one thing that I resolved to do this year, and one month is already gone!” That’s understandable, because sometimes life has a way of throwing curve balls at us and we’re flying high until we realize….oops…I jumped, but there’s a hole in my parachute!!! 🙂
It’s those little holes in our parachutes that can sometimes derail us, or cause us to lose focus on the bigger picture. Today, in my devotion, God reminded me of a story about a man named Zerubbabel, interesting name huh? Zerubbabel was a descendant of King David who led a large group of Jews back to Jerusalem after their seventy years exile in Babylon. Zerubbabel was born during the exile in Babylon. His name, Zerubbabel, means seed of Babylon or born in Babylon. Zerubbabel was to complete the task of rebuilding the temple, despite opposition from the neighboring Samaritans. The people he had to work with were greatly discouraged, apathetic, and many had turned away from the Lord. Certainly, it would have been extremely difficult to accomplish the task in their own strength. But God, in His great love, lays out the plan on how the temple is to be rebuilt.
6 Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, said the LORD of hosts. 7 Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shouting’s, crying, Grace, grace unto it.8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
1) Get a plan or course of action. Write down what you need to do, then highlight the steps that must be taken to get there. If you have to write down a to-do list, Write it! Ask God through the power of the Holy Spirit to assist you to create a solid and reasonable plan, and then act on it. The plan on rebuilding the temple was to be accomplished not by their strength or power, but by God’s power – His ability and His grace. The task that seemed like a mountain would become a plain. What seemed so difficult in the natural would come forth by shouting grace to it. What tasks are we facing today that seem so difficult that could not change if we only shouted grace to it?
Sometimes our inability to complete certain things in life lies in the fact that we refuse to work our faith. Faith really is an action. Faith without works is dead. So we’ve got to mobilize our faith through our actions in order to see manifestation.
It’s not by might nor by power but by the spirit, says the Lord! As God told Zerubbabel, you have laid the foundation, and your hands will finish it! Make up your mind to lay the foundation for success, and through the grace of God, you will finish whatever you have started. Don’t make excuses, and don’t procrastinate. Make a list of phone calls you need to make to get to your goal, and Act on it! God is releasing grace upon our plans and actions. Now it’s up to us to put hands and feet on our vision!
Zerubbabel couldn’t just throw up his hands and say, “Ok God, you do it” and sit back and have a Mountain Dew! No, God’s way has always been to work through us.
Finishing What I’ve Started,
Father, I thank you for every reader today. My prayer today is that you give them the boldness and confidence to tackle every project, every dream, every vision, and every goal that they have set their hands to do this year. Give them the grace to not only start it, but to complete it. I pray that they will cast all doubt and fear aside, and work the plan through grace and faith! I believe that as we attempt to bring completion to areas in our life, we will rejoice as the work comes to fruition. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!