Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “But now be strong, Zerubbabel”, declares the Lord. “Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land”, declares the Lord, “and work”. “For I am with you”, declares the Lord Almighty. “This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.” Haggai 2:4-5 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Be strong. Do not fear. And work.”
So, how does your situation look this morning? Are things looking better? Can you see progress in whatever it is you have been working through? Or does there seem to be no end in sight? Maybe you are faced with what seems to be an impossible situation and it looks very much like a hill that’s just too high to climb. If so, welcome to the world of the Old Testament prophet Haggai.
Haggai was a prophet called by God to bring words of encouragement to the disillusioned people of Jerusalem. They had been in captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Then King Cyrus directed them to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple and the walls of the city. But the city and temple were nothing but a pile of ruins. Rebuilding the walls would be a huge chore in itself. But as they stood there gazing at the total devastation of the temple, the thought of rebuilding it seemed impossible. The mess was too much, the damage too severe, and recovery seemed impossible. So the people were discouraged and depressed, not to mention overwhelmed.
Maybe that sounds like your life right now. Well if so, God’s words to them through the prophet Haggai apply as much to you in your situation as it did to them in theirs: “Be strong. Do not fear. Get to work.”
But wait, it actually gets better than that. Not only did God promise them in 2:4-5 that He was with them and that He had made a covenant (a promise) to get them through it, but in 2:8-9 he added this encouraging little promise:
“The silver is mine and the gold is mine”, declares the Lord Almighty. “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house”, says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace, declares the Lord Almighty”.
The people couldn’t see the outcome, but God could. God knew that He was going to move upon the heart of King Cyrus to provide the resources needed to accomplish the outcome that He had ordained. God knew that in time the walls would rise, the temple would be rebuilt, and the end result would be something far greater than what the people could envision.
I want you to know this morning that God, in His way and in His time, can bring to bear all the resources, all the help, and the solutions needed to resolve your situation in the way He wants. But like the people of Jerusalem you need to do the work. Lean into the problem; push through it; do your part; and then trust God to do His. In time the debris will be cleared, the walls will rise, and you will have achieved what at first seemed impossible.