The Big and the Small

Steven Laman

Read: Zechariah 4:1-14

The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. (v. 9 NIV)

I felt that God wanted me to write an autobiography, but it took about ten years to finish. During those years I sometimes wondered, “Will I ever get this book completed?” I kept plugging away at my manuscript.

Once, when I was discouraged about my project, I read about Zerubbabel, who was in charge of rebuilding the temple. He faced several challenges in finishing God’s house. He undertook this assignment during wartime, limited resources, and with few Jews to work with him. The Lord knew that Zerubbabel needed encouragement, so he sent Zechariah and Haggai to prophecy that Zerubbabel would indeed be the one to finish this monumental task. Four years later the temple was completed. Despite all those years of hard work, some Jews were disappointed that this temple ended up smaller than the original.

Have you ever felt that what God was asking you to do was too overwhelming? Through the encouragement of Zechariah’s words, God encouraged me to finish my book. I am grateful that Words of Hope is publishing it this year. While I am glad I finished it, I was a little disheartened at how short it turned out. This passage has also helped me to understand that the size of a building or manuscript does not matter. God can use both the big and the small for his glory. —Steve Laman

As you pray, ask the Lord to help you understand that whether you do something big or small for him, he is honored.