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The Plummet

By Lydia Camp

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.) Zechariah 4:10

The Lord REJOICES (is glad, joyful) to see the work begin. Do not be unhappy, discontent, or lose hope or spirit in doing the small, seemingly mundane things out of obedience to the Lord.

The plumb line Zerubbabel held was called a “plummet”.  A Plummet is defined as: 1. A common stone 2. Diver’s weight 3. Tool for work or a weapon

It was absolutely critical for Zerubbabel to use the plummet as a plumb line in building the foundations of the temple.

A plumb line uses the law of gravity to find right angles, to reveal the most direct route from top to bottom. A plumb line does not just move or change out of the desire of the builder. It always remains true, and all the carpenter’s work must be held up to it, or the building is crooked.

We see in Zechariah, God had called Zerubbabel to build the temple, starting with the foundation. Zerubbabel used a common stone, a plummet, to do an uncommon work. God DELIGHTED to see Zerubbabel doing the work He’d called him to do. He delighted to see the plumb line being used by Zerubbabel. The building of the foundation was tedious, mundane, repetitive work that lasted approximately two years.

I wonder how Zerubbabel’s attitude was during those two years…do you think he could have ever been tempted to lose heart? He set out to build not knowing how long the building of the foundation would take.

Something kept Zerubbabel’s nose-to-the-plow those two years. Even though some of those in Jerusalem tried to frustrate Zerubbabel and those building the temple (Ezra 4:4-5). It’s suffice to say that at least during the building of the foundation, Zerubbabel did not lose sight of His calling and did not lose heart. So much of the work was mundane, but the outcome was going to be magnificent. Then came the discouragement. Discouragement derailed continued construction for 15 years. Eventually, Judah convinced Zerubbabel to complete God’s temple. Seems Zerubbabel needed reminding of God’s words, God’s call on his life. Something about that reminder breathed life into his spirit to keep on keeping on.

Maybe we need God to remind us of how He called us by name and called us for His purpose. What causes us to lose heart in doing the common, mundane work from day to day? Has discouragement come and derailed us in the middle of the work? Perhaps we’ve experienced hope deferred or we haven’t seen the fulfillment of God’s promises yet. Or maybe our expectations of people and even God, were let down. Have we been expecting to see the harvest, but instead we are doing the sowing, watering, and waiting for Him to bring the increase? Maybe we feel sidelined because of things we’ve done, or things done to us.

Let us remember Who called us and gave us the work to do.

Work willingly (heartily) at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Col 3:23

Zerubbabel was a common man, called by God. He used a common stone to assist in building an uncommon Temple of the Lord. A building that would house the PRESENCE of God.

Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Zech 4:6

God instructs Zerubbabel that the building of the temple is not going to be done in his own strength (talent or physical strength) or by the might of those who would help. No, the calling and purpose of God could only be done in and through the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God would help Zerubbabel start, continue, and complete the work.

Where are we in this continuum? Are we at the beginning, where God says He DELIGHTS in seeing us begin – and instructs us to not think little or less of small beginnings?

Are we in the middle of the work, where it seems quite mundane and common to keep going, and perhaps discouragement has come in?

Or are we close to the end of the work, when we can see the progress and more of the fulfillment of the promise with our own eyes?

Wherever we are in this process we know the starting, continuing on, and finishing are only by HIS Spirit.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Ps 42:7

Zerubbabel’s plummet would also be a tool to drive him deeper into God.

The plummet of God not only aligns us correctly with Him, but it draws us deeper into His Spirit.

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Gal 6:9

What are the mundane, common things in our lives that we need the Spirit of God to breath on, to revive?

The enemy is afraid of our obedience to God – especially in the common, little things we do unto the Lord.

The plummet is also a weapon. Not only a plumb line to keep us aligned, a weight to draw us deeper into the Spirit, but also a weapon in which we wage obedience warfare.

Come, Holy Spirit…BREATHE on every area in our lives that has lost hope, become wearisome or drab. REVIVE us again. Give us the want-to, and the strength to do what You’ve called us to do – even when we don’t want to yet.

There is a building of the Lord that is happening in our lives. He has called us. We are chosen by Him to do that which He’s called us to do. Maybe we have caught glimpse of His grand plan…or it may be that He is asking us to trust Him in the next steps of obedience as He is working a grand plan we cannot yet see.

These steps of obedience help build Trust in the One Who has called us.

Let us do the next right thing, even when we don’t feel like it. ESPECIALLY if we don’t feel like it.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Phil 1:6

It is God who has called us.

He is a faithful Father who continues to work in us and through us.

He has a grand plan.

Wherever we find ourselves in Zerubbabel’s timeline – God desires our cooperation so we can work TOGETHER in His grand plan.

What is the plummet of the Lord leading us to do?

Is it re-aligning us with Him? Perhaps it is pulling us to go deeper in Him.  Or maybe it is encouraging us to wage the warfare of obedience.

Remember, He DELIGHTS to see us take the plummet and begin.