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. “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbable you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’” Zechariah 4:6-7 (NIV)
I live near a mighty mountain called Horsetooth. It appears to have a giant rock shaped tooth at the very top that is visible for miles! I have yet to climb it. I may or may not be afraid it will quite literally bite me! This might be because the majority of my climbing exercises are done on the stairs of my own home (and usually only when I need to go to bed at night)!
Over time I’ve learned that trying to contain the extent of our life experience to the flat land (where we can frame quite nicely the illusion of control) only makes the uncontrollable mountains seem mighty daunting overhead with pretty convincing threats to devour us alive!
Recalling the story of Peter walking on water amidst the wind and the waves with Jesus, found in Matthew 14, I’m reminded of who initiated the event. Jesus does call Peter out of the boat however it is Peter who asks Him to. Peter had the desire and drive in his heart to experience life in God to the full! He did not want to miss even one adventure God might be willing to take him on. So Peter in a sense flat out asks, “Take me out of this flat boat! Take me up on the mountainous waves with You Lord!” So Jesus calls Peter out on a word!!! “Come!” Jesus wants us all to embrace wave walking faith! He died to give us abundant life (that doesn’t mean easy) just full of Who really matters.
How often do we let the big adventure float right by us just waiting for God to call us out when we haven’t even asked Him to?! It’s one thing to ask and have Him say “no”. If He closes the door we better not knock it down, BUT maybe He’ll say, “yes!” Like Peter, let’s base our interpretation of what we hear on the firm foundation of God’s Word.
What do you want bad enough to ask for it, unhindered by the fear of what He may answer? Peter could have wanted to walk on water but even still held back in asking because he was unable to rationalize past if Jesus said, “yes”! What if God says, “Come.”? What then? I’ve never walked on water before, I’m so unqualified, so inexperienced… We can talk ourselves right out of conquering the mighty mountain before we even ask to get out of the boat to try! I wonder if there is a “what if…” you need to cast overboard so that you can float forward in faith and flourish like you were meant to in God?!
In Zechariah 4:6 Zerubbabel was reminded by God that his looming challenge would not be mastered by strength or power. See, this was important for Zerubbabel to be schooled in because he, in fact, did not have the royal power and might that both Solomon and David had. This feeling of inadequacy has kept how many of us from lending ourselves available to allow God to be our Ability in our avail-Ability?!
God reminds Zerubbable his mastery would come by way of His Holy Spirit! This Truth is followed by verse 7 in which God makes clear the “mighty mountain” will be leveled!
The size of your mountain, your impossibility, can be leveled by the size of your God, but will you ask? And if you ask, will you listen and respond in surrendered obedience, trusting He holds your best adventure? Dear one, take time with God, that you might confidently declare that whatever your mighty mountain is looming overhead, it certainly is no match for His mighty Holy Spirit within you!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV)