Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 17

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Dependence on God

Zechariah 4:6

Zerubbabel had an overwhelming job to do. The Babylonians had destroyed Jerusalem and its temple seventy years before, and now Zerubbabel was in charge of the group that had come back to rebuild it. When Solomon first built the temple, he had the optimal situation—nearly unlimited resources and a motivated workforce. Zerubbabel now faced strong opposition, a demoralized workforce, and limited resources.

Zerubbabel had to make tough decisions, wrestle with personnel problems, sit in long meetings, listen to grievances—everything other leaders do. But the prophet Zechariah’s message to him was that the job ultimately depended on God’s Spirit, not on his or anyone else’s might and power.

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