Zechariah 4-5: Overcoming Obstacles
Sometimes we face obstacles that seem insurmountable. We are confronted by challenges at work, at church or in our communities that are overwhelming. How should we respond in these situations? How can we have the strength to be victorious? This passage tells us: "`Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty" (4:6).
Warming Up to God
What situation are you facing that seems overwhelming? Bring that situation to the Lord, asking him for the strength you need.
Discovering the Word
- Oil is often used in Scripture as a symbol of God's Spirit. As Zerubbabel faces the overwhelming task of rebuilding the temple, what encouragement does the Lord give him (4:1-10)?
- We may not have human might or power to face our mountains of opposition. How then can we be victorious (4:6-7)?
- The two olive branches (4:11-14) represent the Lord's anointed servants: Zerubbabel the ruler and Joshua the priest. Why do you think God empowers frail humans to accomplish his mighty tasks?
- How do the visions of the flying scroll and the woman in a basket challenge the Israelites to repent of their sins (5:1-11)?
- How can sin become one of the greatest obstacles to accomplishing God's work?
Applying the Word
- When confronted with overwhelming obstacles, why are we tempted to trust in human might or power?
- Think of a mountain of difficulty you are currently facing. How can you rely on God's Spirit to level that mountain?
- Is there any sin in your life that you need to confess and forsake before God anoints you with power?
Responding in Prayer
Ask God to level the mountain of difficulty that rises up before you. Thank him for the abundant supply of his spiritual might and power in your life.