“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!'”
Zerubbabel, the leader of the people of Judah, had a great task to perform. After he led the first exiles back from the Babylonian captivity, he was called by God to begin rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. In the first two years, the foundation of the temple was laid, but then work came to a standstill for 17 years because of the disruptive activity of the Samaritan people. Our verse for today is part of a prophetic message Zechariah received from an angel concerning the completion of Zerubbabel’s temple project. The angel’s message still speaks to us today.
Like Zerubbabel, you may have been called by God to do something in the kingdom of God and you may have gotten the project off the ground and up and running. Also like Zerubbabel, however, your own personal version of the Samaritan people may have placed a seemingly insurmountable mountain before you and things may have come to a screeching halt. The angel’s message to you today is that the mighty mountain is really nothing at all.
Before you, as before Zerubbabel, the mighty mountain will become nothing more than level ground. Although it looks insurmountable, impassible, and immoveable, God Himself is with you, and He will help you to overcome. Go forth, continue the project, and complete the task, for the Lord will remove the obstacles, eliminate the difficulties, and overcome the opposition. What seemed impossible will become possible. The project won’t succeed because of anyone’s might or power, but because of the very Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6).
Further, the angel’s message is that a day is coming when your task will be completed. Then, just as Zerubbabel placed the capstone on the temple, so you will place the finishing touches on the project. Your friends and fellow workers will celebrate with shouts of praise and worship. Because you looked to the Lord in your time of trouble, everything will be fulfilled and you will be blessed.
If you have begun the task God has called you to do, then the message of His angel to you today is to look to Him and go forth and finish the task—for God intends to accomplish it through you.