May 22, 2020
With the news of reopening beginning to happen this week, I’ve done a great deal of thinking about the practical parts of reopening our church, school, and various ministries. However, during the week I came to this “mind-blowing realization” that those will be the relatively easy parts of engaging the new normal of life. The hard work will be rebuilding our lives from the inside out.
When you think about it, there will be many challenges and emotions that arise as we try to resume life in the “post-pandemic” reality. As busyness resumes we will be confronted with how to deal with stress and our schedules. When we are back around more people, we will be faced with how to handle difficult personalities when we can’t just scroll past them on Facebook!
The question I invite you to ponder with me today is, “How will I rebuild?” When Zerubbabel was faced with rebuilding, God gave him some very powerful instructions that we can learn from has well, as we prepare to rebuild on the other side of this season! In Zechariah 4:6-7 we find the guidance God gave him:
6 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.7 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel, you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”
Rebuilding is not an easy task. Just ask Zerubbabel; he was among the first group of 42,000 Jews who returned from exile in Babylon to Jerusalem around 530 B.C. He led the charge in rebuilding the temple. At the beginning of that process he encountered an angel of the Lord who spoke to him some of these vital words that propelled him to successfully rebuild the broken-down temple. If we are going to successfully rebuild our lives, our families, our church, our business’ to be stronger through these days we would do well to follow the same advice.
The two lessons we can learn from God’s words to Zerubbabel:
1. Rebuild in God’s power. He told Zerubbabel that his success in rebuilding would come from through God’s power by His spirit. His success would not come from his human strength or ability. When we embrace that truth, by resisting the urge to rely on our own power by relying on the spirit of God, nothing will be able to stop us!
2. Rebuild in God’s blessing. He says they will bring out the capstone, the pivotal part of the foundation the temple, to shouts of “God bless it”. We must create an environment of blessing as well, in order to rebuild through this time!
Death and life are in the power of our tongue. Whatever area of your life that you see needs to be rebuilt in this time, start by speaking blessing over it. I find that we spend far too much time whining about things and creating a list of what needs to change, but that will only to further destruction!
In the kingdom of God, building begins with blessing! Furthermore, when we are speaking blessing over every aspect of our lives, we are going to be more apt to rely on His spirit’s power for whatever needs to be done!
God has promised you His spirit and his power, let’s welcome him by being people a blessing today! Invite the Holy Spirit to fill your life afresh. Pray a blessing over the broken areas that you see, in your job, in your finances, or relationships. Then pray a blessing over our community and over our nation! Let’s rebuild in his power, together!
Praying with you and for you,