Daily Devotion, 5-28-2020 - By God's Spirit

Connie Belmore

Devotion: May 28, 2020
Reading: Zechariah 4:1-10
By God’s Spirit

It seems to me that many Christians speak often of God as Father, God as Son but when it comes to the Holy Spirit, many Christians seem to have trouble articulating their thoughts. There seems as if there is a barrier caused by certain images that we think define “by God’s Spirit”. For some they may think of people dancing and speaking in tongues which certainly can be manifestations of the Holy Spirit at work in someone’s life. But the Holy Spirit is always present with us and is always at work, moving and stirring us to carry out God’s mission on earth. When Jesus ascended, he left us with the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-31, Acts 1:4) and in Matthew 28:20, Jesus promised his disciples (and us) that he will be with them to “the very end of the age.” Jesus said it, so it is Truth.

Today’s passage is about how God spoke to Zerubbabel and said, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord. Zerubbabel was given the huge task of rebuilding the temple. While Zechariah and Haggai were the prophets who would give God’s people moral and spiritual encouragement to rebuild and resume work on the temple, God chose Zerubbabel to oversee the task and see that it was carried out to completion. In this passage, God has spoken through Zechariah to Zerubbabel to encourage him, to help him clearly see God’s vision of the completed temple. God assures Zerubbabel, through Zechariah, to assure that although the temple will be smaller than the previous temple (v.10), and some people may complain about it, God, for whom the temple is built, and God’s loyal people will rejoice.

We may not always hear God or see God as Zechariah did as he relayed this message to Zerubbabel, but God is still present with us today and God’s message is unchanged. What we do for God may seem small and insignificant to us and to others, but God rejoices when we respond and do what is right and necessary whether it is a big or small task. As Christians, we simply need to open ourselves to the movement of God’s Spirit and be faithful in small opportunities (or large) that God places in front of us. Today, may each one of us try to begin seizing these opportunities right where we are, do what we can and all we can, guided by God’s Spirit, and then leave the rest to God!

Dear God, thank you for leaving us with your Holy Spirit. Help us to realize that your Holy Spirit is not an “it” but a living being who dwells among us and stirs us to carry out your will, no matter how small or how big. Help us fully grasp that the Holy Spirit equips us with what we need to accomplish your will, and who loves and encourages us as we do your work on earth. Help us to fully grasp that the Holy Spirit is YOU, O God. In the name of your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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