What to Say to Your Mountain

If you're facing something hard, big or scary and if you're weary of the daily grind, then Zechariah has something you need to hear. You are gonna love this. "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the LORD of hosts. 'What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'" (Zechariah 4:6-7).

Okay, here's the context: This obscure Old Testament passage records the prophecy Zechariah was to give to Zerubbabel concerning the completion of the Temple. The Jews had returned to Judah after the Babylonian Exile and their temple needed to be rebuilt.

The construction site had laid dormant for 16 years. The rebuilding was at a standstill and the longer it loomed, the harder it probably seemed. It was like a mountain.

So, the Lord told Zechariah to tell Zerubbabel that the mountain of the rebuilding would be pulled off not by man's might, but by God's Spirit in them. God looked at the project and said, "What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain..."

I love that God understood how the people felt overwhelmed; he called the project a mountain. But, he doesn't leave the overwhelming project a mountain ... he turned the mountain into a plain!

Do you have mountains? Do you ever ask, "What are you, oh great mountain?" I want you to think about your mountains and do two things.

First, ask "what are you?"

In other words, what is your mountain? What is that thing that seems big, looming, hard to overcome, difficult to see past or seemingly impossible to climb? Is it a physical situation like cancer? Perhaps your mountain is unseen but just as real like depression or fibromyalgia? Your mountain may be a teenager who is breaking your heart or an aging parent who you feel powerless to help. Your mountain may be a hard marriage, childlessness, job loss, over-eating or unwanted divorce.

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