Zechariah 4:6 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.
Have you ever watched a strongman competition? Those guys are amazing! They lift huge logs, pull cars down the road, bend stuff, break stuff, and much more. I’m talking some serious muscles. And they aren’t just weightlifters who have big muscles to show off. They are the real deal; they genuinely have some serious strength. But all those muscles don’t help them with many of life’s challenges. Like everyone else, they have to navigate relationships, trials, disappointment, and loss. There’s no amount of muscle that can help with those things.
We all would like to think that we are strong enough to handle life’s biggest challenges. We toughen up when things get hard and power through them. We flex our emotional muscles at hardship and hope it’s enough to overcome. The reality is: it isn’t. I hate to break it to you, but you are no strongman.
In Zechariah 4, the Lord says these words: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit.” You see, if you are going to overcome, you need more than might; you need more than power. You need the Spirit of the Lord alive in you. And it is by His Spirit that I overcome temptation and sin. It is by His spirit that I can go on after disappointment or loss. It is by His Spirit that I can live this life to the fullest. So if you think you are strong enough today… you aren’t. Only He is and only He can give you the true strength to carry on.
*Are you relying on your strength or His Spirit to navigate life?