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Speak Grace

As is often the case of many mornings, Sunday I awoke praying; and before my eyes ever opened, two words filled my mind and heart, “Speak grace.”

In preparation for our morning service, I pressed a little further in seeking God and was reminded of the words to the prophet Zechariah.

Then he said to me, “This [continuous supply of oil] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel [prince of Judah], saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of whom the oil is a symbol],’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘What are you, O great mountain [of obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who will rebuild the temple] you will become a plain (insignificant)! And he will bring out the capstone [of the new temple] with loud shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”

–Zechariah 4:6-7 (AMP)

It’s easy to get stuck in anxiety about mountainous obstacles in our way. We face challenges, battles, and hardships. God didn’t ask Zerubbabel to give any thought to these. In fact, God reinforced that it is by His Spirit and not our strength.

He even goes on to address the mountains personally! None of these things are to be the focus though. In rebuilding the temple, his gaze was to remain on the capstone–that foundational piece–and to speak grace to it.

How often do we pray something like, “God, I need grace because I’ve got this problem. I’m facing this situation. I can’t see past this mountain.” It’s certainly distressing and I’ve cried out to God many times in this way.

But really, aren’t you just calling out what’s going wrong and forgetting to see what’s going right? This is the different understanding I got as I read these familiar verses early Sunday morning.

The mountain seems impassable and therefore, demands attention while God is saying, “You see that first step? Rejoice in that because I can already see it complete.”

Speak grace–not to the obstacles but to the work of God you see happening now.  Rest assured, Jesus, the Cornerstone, is laying the foundation of something beautiful in your life. That’s where the grace is applied. In one sense, you’re simply agreeing with God that His grace is already there.

Yes, grace is unmerited, divine favor; but it is also the enabling power of the Holy Spirit working in you (Ephesians 3:20). Speaking grace brings His blessing, increase, and multiplication to bear on His goodness moving in you.

Choose today not to look at your failures, lack, or struggles. God’s already called them out and marked them for insignificance! He’s reassuring you that your strength is not what will save the day.

Recognize His work in you and your life and offer an exuberant, “Grace! Grace to it!” It will definitely improve your mood–just may change your life.

What do you think about this? Ready to speak “grace” to some areas of your life?

2 Comments

  1. Jason, this post is so powerful! I love the idea of saying, “Grace! Grace to it!” when we are in the midst of our struggles. Let us focus on God, who gives us that grace to move mountains.
    Blessings!

    • It just reminds me that He’s always working in us, always moving. If we can just keep our eyes on Him and His working instead of our obstacles, I sort of feel like we won’t be able to contain our “grace to it!” exclamations! Thanks so much, Martha!

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