A devotion based on Zechariah 4:6.
Zechariah was prophesying during a very dark time for Judah. The nation had been destroyed. Although the exile was technically over and people were coming back, the situation was not good. Many people looked to Zerubbabel, a descendant of David but not a king. How could one man make a difference? The word that was given to Zerubbabel through Zechariah was that it would not be by human strength but only by God’s Spirit that Zerubbabel would fulfil his role.
It is important to note that this was a word specifically to Zerubbabel and not a general promise to everyone. At the same time, this message is the general theme of Scripture. Everyone from Abraham to the apostles tried to do it on their own. This is not an excuse to stop putting effort into ministry. However, it is a reminder that our confidence is not based on what we do but on what God does.