A Day Of Small Things Much of the Old Testament is a history of who we are and where we come from. Even though historical in many contexts, the Old Testament truths are timeless. One of those truths is that we should not despise the small things, for God does use them. Zechariah 4:10, "For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth." Zerubbabel was given the task of rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Now, that's not a small task at all. I am positive that he felt the weight of that task upon him as he undertook it. However, there was a large faction of people who did not want to see the Temple rebuilt. They approached those busy with rebuilding to ask, at first, to join the efforts. Zerubbabel was no slouch. He seemed to know that these "helpers" were not going to try to be much help. So, he rebuked them and sent them on their way. In comes the legal system, via Artaxerxes. These so-called helpers eventually petitioned through "counsel" an injunction against Zerubbabel to cease the restoration of the Temple. An injunction that was granted. The foundation of the Temple lay waiting for the rest of its structure. Work stopped. Can you imagine how forlorn the Temple foundation must have looked to Zerubbabel? He had been commanded to rebuild this Temple, and yet here he was, stopped after having only gotten the foundation laid. Only a small portion completed, and Zerubbabel could go no further. BUT GOD IS GREATER! And when GOD has commanded that something be done, rest assured, IT WILL BE DONE. I can make no supposition as to why God's plan for the rebuilding of the Temple included this "detour" as Zerubbabel saw it. Perhaps it is to help show us that no matter what comes, when God has ordained something to be, it WILL BE. Even on the days of small things, when setbacks occur and only a foundation of the task is completed, do not despair. What God has said WILL BE! YSIC, Virginia P.S. The Temple was finished. PRAISE GOD! (Ezra 2-7)
I believe it is the detours that build in us the patience and endurance to stick with the project to the end. "Tribulation works patience..." Romans 5 tells us and the tribulations in life are certainly equal to the detours.
Thanks for bringing up a Book of the Bible 999 out of 1000 Christians do not even know exists. There are so many wonderful gems of truth to be learned from the Old Testament, even Zechariah! Thanks for the insight.
We call them detours but God views them as the route he wants us to travel. It is so easy for us to say "Oops! Now we have to go to Plan B or C or even Z!" God already has his plan laid out and he doesn't have a Plan B or Plan X or whatever. He doesn't need them. He's God. Remembering that we are living in God's plan helps us get through those unexpected bends in the road even if they seem to be taking us 360 degrees in the opposite direction!