Zechariah 4:6, “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.” (NIV)
We live in an age that craves constant ingenuity. We long for continual, and transformative, advancement in so many areas, such as medicine, education, technology, and communication. Sure, all of these aims can have positive outcomes on the world, but one underlying temptation that is not beneficial (in fact it is quite destructive spiritually) is exalting humanity above everything else, including the Creator of humanity: God.
Zechariah 4 announces God ensuring that His legacy, His power, are known to His people. But this passage also contains the Lord issuing a warning: don’t assume that all earthly success is solely the result of human strength, human wisdom, or human labor. Zerubbabel was just beginning a fairly extensive project: the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. As governor of the land Zerubbabel certainly possessed a measure of influence and responsibility. And right from the outset God declared, via the prophet Zechariah, that Zerubbabel’s ability to see this mission come to a prosperous outcome would not be because of one man’s might, or power. No, it would be because of God – because of His omnipotent, omniscient Spirit.
“To God be the glory” should be more than an expression for believers. It should be a pervasive mindset – a firm belief. The Lord receiving glory, the recognition due Him, is a critical aspect of Zechariah 4:6. In short, God was setting the record straight before the second temple was barely underway. It was divine aid that would bring a triumph and completion to this venture. So any desire to bring glory, to bring recognition, to ourselves, at the expense of giving praise to God, needs to be eradicated. It needs to be identified and discarded. Because anything good, or great, in our lives…God was involved in bringing it about. It is not merely by our might, our power, our strength, or our wisdom that we achieve victory. It is because of God’s omnipotent, omniscient Spirit that blessings come our way.
Kevin Orr (9/11/2018)