Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. – Zechariah 4:10
The LORD gave a message to the prophet concerning the building of the second temple. He said that Zerubbabel started the construction of the temple and would also see its completion. The LORD was greatly pleased with the building of the temple under the supervision of this Jewish prince. In fact he was so much so that he told the prophet to tell this prince not despise small beginnings because God rejoices to see his work begin.
I have had times in my life where I’ve wanted to quit and just rue the day I’d even started to do anything in life. There were similar times in my walk with God, especially with regard to ministry, that I wanted to just walk away from it all. I’ve even asked God in the past why he’d allowed me to start down one path only to end up some place else. Some of these paths were self-inflicted based on my personal choices with others resulting from God’s choices. The point for me today is that God speaks to me and tells me not to despise these small beginnings in the ministry work to which he has called me. IF the LORD rejoiced over the work done by Zerubbabel in the building of the second temple, then why shouldn’t he also be rejoicing over the work he’s started in me? He told us through the apostle Paul that He will see to completion the good work he’s started in us. Therefore, I need to humble myself, dust off my disappointments, and trust God to bring to a conclusion the work he’s started in me. What has begun will be finished under the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit of God.
Father, oh how many times have I questioned and wondered why things hadn’t begun that you promised me? Or, what about all the times I thought that the things I was doing seemed insignificant or trifle? Please let me start by apologizing to you and repenting of my distrust and unbelief. You always bring to completion what you start because your word never returns void to you. It accomplishes the mission it was set out to do. Thus, when you’ve spoken things to me or over me, they will come to pass (so long as I am in obedience to you). Thank you for being the faithful God and the trustworthy God and the One who loves me despite my shortcomings. Thus, I won’t despise these small beginnings because I know that you have control of everything. I just need to keep my trust in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.