I love the image that I read in Zechariah 4. This Scripture shares God’s angel interacting with a man to bring the spiritual landscape into view alongside the earthly setting. The angel asked, “What do you see?” As I write this, there is struggle and destruction as one country has invaded and is overtaking another one. It’s hard to watch. It’s hard to imagine in the safety we have here in our part of the world. As we live in this moment in history, we see many things and much of it is thrust upon us if we attempt to take a short glance at the news or other form of media. We may also see and feel tension in the ways we are interacting with each other. In the book of Zechariah, the temple was being rebuilt and the Jews were returning home after exile.
In Zechariah 4, the angel asked, “What do you see?” to which Zechariah responded with the description of what his eyes saw: a golden lampstand and two olive trees. Then the angel asked him, “Do you know what these are?” Zechariah did not know. It seems Zechariah understood that there was more than meets the eye. Verse 4 resonates in my heart today, “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.” God’s Word reverberates across time with truth. The Lord Almighty moves mountains, creating level ground. Level ground! God’s way of bringing level ground involves a move of His Spirit, not only in physical things, but within His people.
What do you see? I pray you ask the Lord Almighty to share His spiritual perspective.