Contributed by Leslie Choudhury, Nav Associate Staff
This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the LORD of hosts. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
The Bible uses the word “mountain” to mean different things: a geographical location such as Mount Zion (see Psalm 2:6); an example of stability (see Psalm 30:7); and a barrier, hindrance, or obstacle (see Zechariah 4:7).
We are not guaranteed an easy life. We will face many mountains—trials, difficulties, and hardships—throughout our lives.
How do we respond when facing what appears to be an overwhelming obstacle or problem? Do we panic? Do we feel discouraged? Do we feel like giving up?
When God calls us to a task, He assumes the responsibility of removing the hindrances that would keep us from succeeding. “ … Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit … ”
What do we feel is looming before us like an impossible mountain? Work, projects, studies, relationships, finances, health or the future?
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV provides words of comfort:
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
No matter what we are facing, no matter how easy or difficult the task may be, always look towards God for victory. He is our eternal, unfailing hope (see Psalm 123:2).
PRAYER: Lord, help me to see that the mountain I consider impossible to climb is the one that You see as an opportunity for a better view.
*Thumbnail image credit Andre Furtado.