Zechariah 1:16-17 “Therefore, this is what the LORD says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the LORD Almighty. “Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’ ”
A couple of years ago, I purchased a generator. Before I could fire it up, I needed to put some oil in it. The guy at the store told me how much oil it would need, so I took his word for it rather than looking in the manual. It turns out he was wrong. I ended up putting in so much extra oil, that it dripped out of the air filter while running. I thought I had ruined the thing, but fortunately, I was able to get it cleaned out and do it right the second time. Sometimes, things overflow. Rivers during rainy season, root beer poured too fast, boiling water left unwatched, and bubble baths with too many bubbles. We overflow too.
What we overflow, however, is another thing. We can overflow anger, sarcasm, cynicism, and pettiness. We might overflow frustration, depression, or even sin. It’s also possible to overflow joy, peace, love, and kindness. And according to Zechariah chapter 1, prosperity is an option too. It all just depends on what’s in you. Things that are in there come out. Jesus even said so: from the overflow of your heart, your mouth speaks. So how do you get to a place where the things you are overflowing are things like prosperity as mentioned in the verse above? How do you move to a place where, as God’s people, we are overflowing with great stuff?
The clue to this answer lies in verse 16. The Lord said He was going to get out His measuring line. He was about to rebuild Jerusalem and He wasn’t going to put up with a sloppy job. There wouldn’t be any walls slapped together carelessly; there would be no poor craftsmanship. This building wasn’t going to happen based on good intentions. He was going to get out His measuring tape and give some explicit instructions. And those instructions would need to be followed with care. It was going to be done His way this time. And if they would do it His way, prosperity would come – and not just come, but overflow. That’s where good overflow comes from: doing it His way. It comes from putting in the work and taking the time to get it right. So if you want some good overflow, follow His instructions. He’s already measured it out and drawn up the blueprints. You just have to read them.
*Does your overflow need some work?