"For who dares make light of small beginnings? These seven eyes will joyfully look on the tin tablet in Zerubbabel’s hand. These are the eyes of the Lord, which constantly range across the whole earth.”
- Zechariah 4:10
I really like the first phrase in this verse. In a world that wants an impact, an explosive beginning, I have been learning that God is not concerned with scale. Big or small, if it is rooted and established in him then it will be significant.
This might seem like an odd passage, but if you have read this chapter in Zechariah you would see that God is declaring that the work he is doing through Zerubbabel is established in Him. To make this clearer, Zerubbabel was responsible for rebuilding the Temple when the Israelites were allowed to return to Jerusalem. The tin tablet was basically a plaque to be put on one of the foundation stones indicating the dedication or purpose of the building. So God is looking joyfully on the work that he is doing, the eyes of the Lord which see everything that goes on in the earth are paying special attention to the work of Zerubbabel.
I need to recognize this more in my own life. It is not about doing something great or grand, but it is about doing God's will in God's strength. I think we would be amazed what God will do if we learn to let him have his way. We will see grains of sand become a beach, drops of water become oceans. If we lean on his strength and power as we are led by his spirit, he will take small beginnings and make great things. So let's not focus on doing great things, let us focus on doing God's things. How about it?
“This is the Lord’s message to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
- Zechariah 4:6