Speaking Favor to the Mountains in Life
‘Who [are] you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel [you shall become] a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Favor, favor to it!”‘ (Zechariah 4:7)
The great mountain in Zerubbabel’s life would be removed by two things:
1. By the anointing of the Lord (“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (v.6). Zerubbabel and Joshua were the sons of God’s fresh oil (vv.2,3)
2. By speaking favor to the mountain.
Jesus said that faith can move mountains. Faith moves the mountain by throwing it into the sea. Favor moves mountains by transforming it into something else.
What was this mountain in the life of Zerubbabel? We’ll need to go back in history. The temple at Jerusalem was in ruins. By the decree of Cyrus, a group of Jews had come back to Jerusalem to build the temple. However, they had to remove the stones of the ruins and pile them all up in another place to make space to lay the foundation. So, they laid the foundation, but the enemies conspired against them and discouraged the work, to the effect that the construction was stopped for 14 years. Now, Zerubbabel literally sat in the shadow of the mountain of piled stones, the mountain of his failure. But, what he didn’t know was that God’s favor was with him.
The decree of Cyrus could not be revoked; so, there was no reason to stop the work. Favor was foreordained.
That pile of failure that looked like a mountain to Zerubbabel was but a little thing to God. The Hebrew word for favor here is hen. It means to stoop down to do acts of kindness. Zerubbabel looked up at the mountain of fear and failure. God looked down at it.
Zerubbabel needed to recognize the favor of God that was with him. He needed to speak favor to the mountain. And, the mountain was turned into a plain. How? The stones were moved into rebuilding the beautiful temple.
What is that mountain in your life? Speak favor to it. Not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God and by speaking favor, this mountain shall be removed.