Devotional

By His Spirit

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:8)

God doesn’t need our great strength to accomplish His goals for our life. When the remnant of Israel returned to the land after their captivity in Babylon, the rebuilding of the temple was a monumental feat, the people were in a diminished state, and many were opposed to their undertaking. But the word of the Lord came to them: “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10) God’s word to Zerubbabel, the leader of the people, was to look away from human strength to complete the task. He encouraged him with this word: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zech. 4:6)

When facing a God-given assignment we can become discouraged by our own lack of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength. Our hands hang down, our knees are weak, and we simply don’t believe we have what it takes to get to the goal before us. But God does not need our strength, we need His. And when He has opened a door, no man can shut it. Neither our adversaries or our own weakness will prevent Him from accomplishing His goal. His strength will be made perfect in our weakness. He will complete the good work He has begun in our life. All He needs is our trust in Him as the author and finisher of our faith.

Things may be moving at a snail’s pace, and the goal is still far out of reach. You may feel exhausted, depleted, and ready to faint. But keep moving. Don’t be weary in well doing. Wait on the Lord and He will renew your strength. What is of Him, must also be by Him. He must build the house or we labor in vain. Trust Him to do above and beyond all you could ask or think, according to His power that works within you. Zerubbabel got “there,” and so will you – by His Spirit.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.