7 ‘What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)! And he will bring out the capstone [of the new temple] with loud shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’”
Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah and led the first captives back from Babylon. He was also placed by God in the position of rebuilding the temple that was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. After the foundation was laid, many where discouraged by the lack of progress (Zechariah 4:10). They despised the day of small beginnings. No doubt Zerubbabel was discouraged a feeling pretty defeated. There was a mountain of opposition in his way. Not only was this already an overwhelming task, he also had enemies fighting tooth and nail to halt the work, and even his own people were growing restless with the lack of progress! Just when it seems all hope is lost, staring at this great mountain of problems, a word from the Lord comes and asks, “what mountain?”. We’re not faced with building a great temple in our walk with Christ, but we’re called to build. Jude 1:20-25 tells us to build ourselves up in faith and lead others to Christ! 1 Peter 2:5-9 teaches that each believer is a spiritual stone that make up a spiritual house to offer spiritual sacrifices to God. This can be a daunting task seeing how the enemy (satan) is constantly opposing our efforts. Our enemy throws so many obstacles in our way that just living a Christian life seems impossible. These mountain of problems mean nothing when we quit looking at how big the problems are, and begin to remember how big our God is! Mark 11:23 teaches us to speak to the mountain not examine and dwell on it. With just a little faith in the power of God we can speak to the mountains in our way and tell them to move! What is that mountain in your way of living a godly life and being an effective witness? It can be removed! However it’s only by the power of God. (Zechariah 4:6) Here’s the GOOD NEWS!
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Isn’t it great the God’s power works in us through the Holy Spirit? Speak to your mountain that hinders your walk with Christ and do the work God has called you to do! You may see a mountain of problems in your way but God says, What mountain?
God said Zerubbabel would complete the work and he did. God’s word also says the work began in you through Christ would be finished. (Phil 1:6). The mountain in front of you today will become nothing more than a plain if you’ll just believe! And you’ll be left saying, What Mountain?!