ZECHARIAH 4:10: “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Don’t miss the small things! When you are going through a time of trial and testing, it is easy to only focus on the needed outcome and miss the small celebrations of victory along the way. We must learn to celebrate the small things on the way to God’s breakthrough in our life!
Zechariah was called to speak prophetically to the remnant of Judah who had been allowed to return to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They entered the once great city that had been burned and ravaged by the enemy. The walls were broken down. The gates lay broken on the ground. And, the Temple of the Lord was reduced to a pile of rubble on the site where they used to gather to worship Yahweh.
It is easy to miss the small things when everything around you is falling apart. The Jews in Jerusalem had returned with great hopes of rebuilding but they soon became discouraged. They had built homes to dwell in, yet the Temple stood in a pile of rubble. Zechariah was called to prophesy to the leaders and inhabitants.
The Lord called them to rise and build the Temple. Through the vision of Zechariah, they were assured of God’s intervention and provision. As they looked upon the rubble of the former Temple site, the word of the Lord spoke to Zerubbabel…
- “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel, you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ” Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you.” Zechariah 4:6-9 NKJV
Yet, at that moment, the people did not see the Temple rebuilt. They heard the word of the Lord, but they only looked upon Zerubbabel holding the plumb line in his hand. There still was no construction. The ruins still lay in a mountain of debris before them. And, it is in this context that the Lord continued to speak these words…
- “For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
What seemed to be a small thing to the Jews in Jerusalem was nothing small at all. It was the beginning of God’s restoration of the Temple and their worship of Him. The seven lamps and the seven eyes are a picture of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was standing there to empower Zerubbabel and the remnant of Israel and Judah. What was impossible within their strength was possible in the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit!
- “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.”
It was not Zerubbabel’s skill or craftsmanship that would win the day. It was the anointing of the Holy Spirit. God loves to come into our impossible situations with His power and might. It is when we know that there is nothing left that we can do that the Holy Spirit empowers us to do what only He can do. And, God gets all the glory! This is the way that it should be. Paul echoes this truth when he says,
- “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord!” (I Corinthians 1:31).
As I am writing this, our house is being remodeled. This is a good thing, but it is also something that has proved to be more than I anticipated. I feel like Zerubbabel, looking on a heap of rubble, wondering if this will ever be done. Dust is everywhere, furniture is piled up in the center of each room, and we are living like we did when we first got married and had nothing. Then this week something happened. The tile in one of the rooms was grouted. We could finally see a glimmer of what we were moving towards. It was a small thing – but it was real and tangible.
Over the years I have learned to celebrate the small things. I am doing this now as we remodel our home. I have learned to do this during prolonged illness and recovery several times in my life. I have been called to this in my years as a pastor as I planted three different churches. In each situation, the promise seemed so far off. Yet, God was always faithful to show me the small beginnings. These small beginnings became pieces to the puzzle of His fulfilled promise. As I began to give God praise for these small beginnings I found my faith grow and His peace sustaining my heart. Like Zerubbabel, I might have only a plumb line in my hand, but I also had the indwelling presence and power of the Holy Spirit working in my life!
If you will begin to celebrate the small things along every step and turn of your life, you will find yourself walking in faith and peace along the way. One day you will wake up to realize that His promise has been fulfilled. It was not in one cataclysmic event. It was one step, one open door, one small beginning at a time.
Lord, help me to celebrate and praise You for each small beginning in my life!
In Jesus Names!