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.”
A dominant aspect of human nature is to depend on our own cleverness, resources, and strength. We want to take charge, to get it done. In fact, one of the first short sentences voiced by children is, “I do it myself!” Submission seems a foreign concept, especially for men (maybe that’s why we tend to not ask for directions). So when we find ourselves in trouble or in need, we tend to suck it up, flex our muscles, and work hard, trying plans A to Z.
Then, finally, in desperation we may turn to God, asking for His guidance and empowerment.
In contrast, God wants us to depend on him, to turn to Him first as our “plan A.” And this only makes sense — he is all-powerful and all-knowing; he loves us; and, if we have trusted Christ as Savior, we have the Holy Spirit living in us. Depending on God means bringing our ideas, dreams, problems, conflicts, and relationships immediately to Him, listening to His Word, and then following His instructions.
Are you worried? In trouble? Struggling? Questioning? Instead of trusting in your own “might” and “power,” submit to the Lord Almighty.
Let the Spirit move you. ♦
Holy Spirit, I want to depend on you …