Read Zechariah 4
Focus on verse 6
Out in the real world it would seem that most people live by the rule – “might is right”. The strong survive, the weak either figure it out or get run over by the strong. In the animal kingdom this rule actually works to keep a species strong through a process we call natural selection. If we choose to view humanity as merely the most highly evolved animals then I suppose the “might is right” principle would seem logical, but what if humans are more than just highly evolved animals?
What if humans are actually made in the image of God? What if humans are different from animals in that we have a spiritual dimension we call an eternal soul that lives on after the physical body dies?
In today’s reading Zechariah writes,
Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says that Lord of hosts.” (v 6)
The power of the Lord is a different kind of power than the power of a man. The power of the Lord is not only much greater than the power of a man; it is the source of the power of a man. For man to struggle to fight against the power of the Lord is as ridiculous as it would be for a piece of clay to say to the potter that is forming it “I don’t want to be shaped by you!”
The point being, any power that we have, we have only because God gives it to us! And He gives it to us by His Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is quite likely the most misunderstood and underrated person of the Holy Trinity. In a sense we are right not to focus a lot of attention upon Him because He is not in the business of drawing attention to Himself. The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to draw our attention to Christ, and to give direct praise to the Father. His mission is to bring unity to the church, yet very often the church is most divided over opinions about how the Holy Spirit should be understood.
This should perhaps not be surprising since it would make perfect sense that Satan, the spiritual enemy of the church, would focus his attack on this doctrine since it is the Holy Spirit who provided the power to believers to overcome the power of Satan. Satan is no dummy; he seeks to neutralize our power. It is the only way he can gain any advantage.
Ultimately the church will overcome, most likely not in that way most of us imagine it will, but exactly the way God has planned it to be. Whenever these victories over the forces of darkness occur, it is never by our might or our cleverness, but always by the power of the Holy Spirit. What is perhaps confusing to us is that the Holy Spirit never seeks glory for what He does, but directs the glory to the Father and our attention to Jesus, but we must never underestimate the importance of the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.