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Christian Survival Kit-Part II Holy Spirit Power
12/18/2009

Christian Survival Kit-Part II
The Day of Small Things

For who has despised the day of small things? Zechariah 4:10 (NKJV)

In Part I of this devotional series, we looked at the Story of Zerubbabel who was given the job of rebuilding the temple of God.  Several years had passed since he had laid the foundation and much opposition to the rebuilding was being presented to he and those who helped.  As a result, many people were beginning to doubt that the project would ever be completed.  

God, in His sovereignty, had a plan in all of this, and it was during this particular time of hardship and testing that He delivered a message through the Prophet Zechariah that had a great impact on their lives.  This message should have the same impact on ours as well, especially for those who are in the midst of trials and tribulations - those who may doubt that they will be able to complete the things that God has asked of them.

Maybe you are struggling in your Christian walk, or maybe it's a business venture or job, or perhaps even a friendship or marriage that seems to be stalling after a great foundation.  If this is you, then you can relate to Zerubbabel, and need to hear the same thing that God spoke to him.  In Part I we looked at the first of 2-Principles that we can glean from God's message, and that was:

  • It's not by our own abilities, resources, or power that we will achieve the things that God has called us to do.

"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts" was what God spoke, and so it is with us - we cannot do anything in our own power and abilities to complete the will of God for our lives, and this includes following His Word and applying it to our daily living.  It is only by the power of The Holy Spirit that we are able to do His will, and complete the things that have been outlined in His Word.  

The second principle that we can glean from the message in Zechariah 4, is this:

  • We are not to despise God's timing or His provision

God told Zechariah to tell Zerubbabel, "For who has despised the day of small things?"  God did this because people were getting discouraged because it had been 16-years since they laid the foundation of the Temple, and the project was not done - it hadn't gone forward in the way or in the pace that they expected or desired, and therefore they were not content in the provisions and timing of God.

This can be true of us as well.  Maybe we aren't getting things done in the time - frame that we want it done.  Maybe we are frustrated because we don't have the resources needed when we want to do the things that need to be done. Maybe we find that there are people in our lives who are opposing the good that we want to do, and therefore those things are not happening as planned.  

Maybe you felt that God has called you to a certain business and yet it is floundering in the economy and has seemingly come to a grinding halt.  Maybe you lost your job and as a result you are having difficulties paying your bills.  Maybe you or your spouse are not doing well with the lack of provisions and are therefore becoming anxious, irritated, dejected, or even angry.

God spoke loud and clear to Zerubbabel, and it holds true for us as well.  There are going to be times where we might be tempted to despise the little that we have, and become dejected, but we need to hold fast.  God is doing a mighty work during these times, and He will be faithful to complete whatever work He is doing on us, in us, or through us.

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, it is through the small things that God does mighty works.  His ways are not our ways, and we need to remember that.  We need to stop looking at the wind and the waves as Peter did, or we will sink as he did because of his lack of faith.  God is walking with us, and He is in control.  Let's walk today with joy regardless of what we possess in tangible goods, because God is going to help us to complete everything that is in His will, and that includes following His Word, providing for our needs, and transforming our lives.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Phil 1:6 and 4:19, why can we be so confident during those times where we only see the small things?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself becoming dejected or anxious feeling when you don't have what you think you need, or when things don't happen fast enough?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord for His peace.  We get it when we keep our minds on Him and His Word, and we put our trust in His plan for us.  Anything else is in vain.

Father, Thank You for all provision.  Lord, I identify that everything I have is because of you, and I want to say, "Thank You," for these provisions.  Father I confess that there are times when I am not content with certain provisions or the timing with which things are done, and for that I am sorry.  Forgive me, and help me to remember this valuable lesson when I am tempted to feel this way.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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