Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6
Ever feel like from out of the blue a tidal wave of uncertainty has come crashing down on your world and you seem to be doing the doggy paddle desperately looking for which way is up as you try to make sense of the black swirling cold mass around you?! Then like only God your Creator can do, as only He knows the depths of your heart like only The Creator could, you receive a life tube from somewhere that jacks not the wave away but somehow your focus up top, on Jesus. That tube for me recently was Zechariah 4:6.
Not a truth I had forgotten, actually a timeless treasured truth but in a cold dark swirling mass of uncertainty never underestimate the power of shared Word as prompted by our God. You may never know it was the life line someone needed but God will. Do you know the very name Zechariah means God remembers! God knows and cares and remembers your details and as per Scripture I’ve found God acts on what He remembers.
In John 5:6 Jesus asks a man, Do you want to get well? At first the man begins by avoiding the question and offering excuses. So often don’t we find ourselves in that same boat?! Jesus is asking all of us, Do you want to get well? Do you want to trust Me? Do you want to put your faith in Me? He isn’t asking for all the reasons why we have not so far, just if we want to in-spite of…. Jesus died while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8) maybe while we are still stuck in all our uncertainties we could surrender our will and wanting to have it all figured out with all the answers now and simply say, yes Jesus I want to trust, I want to have faith. I believe; help my unbelief! Mark 9:24
Its only God who calls a heart, only God who turns a heart, only God who gives more faith and ever increasing trust but it takes a surrendered willing heart to receive it! When we are surrounded by all the unknowns and the swirling fears of all that does not make sense, and all does not look good we can choose to surrender and honestly say, God pursue and persuade my heart into ever increasing faith and trust in You, that You are good, and that Your plan really is more beautiful than I could ever even want. Pursue me until my heart is completely held breathlessly enraptured in the fullness of joy in who You are. The mystery is part of the romance, what keeps our hearts ever seeking Him. Mastery takes the mystery right out and as humans I think in a way we crave it. Who wants a God that we can completely figure out?! I need to know He is smarter than I to handle whats bigger than I!
Trying to work up enough faith to hold on, on our own will never work, that’s why He says in Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. From that verse I don’t get that it’s dependent on my strength at all and neither from Zechariah 4:6 which outright states in will not be in my strength but by His Spirit!
In Exodus 2:14-15 we read that Moses was afraid and fled Egypt to live in Midian. In Hebrews 11:27 it states, By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the kings anger; he persevered because he saw him who was invisible. So could faith actually not be the absence of fear but the presence of trust?!
Maybe you have been working so hard at trying to increase your faith and trust on your own and fear seems to be the only thing increasing as of late. Zechariah 4:6 reminds us dear child of God that it will not be in our own strength or might but by the Spirit of the Almighty God! So when He asks, beloved do you want to get well, do you want more faith, more trust? All we have to say is, yes Lord; then be still and know that He is faithful God and rest, upheld in the swirling tidal wave of uncertainty in His very certain righteously victorious mighty right hand.
Independent Read: Isaiah 54:10, Matthew 11:6, Isaiah 55:8-9, 1 Corinthians 13:12, Isaiah 55:11, Psalm 46:10, Matthew 11:28, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Psalm 121, Romans 8:31, Ephesians 6:11