~ Haggai 2:4-5 ~
“Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord; ‘and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,’ says the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’.”
There comes a time when a reference point is needed to find the way. In this passage, God points back to the time of deliverance from Egypt in order to give a clear path for the future. In it, focus is redirected to His commitment, His presence and above all His unchanging word. He speaks courage into fear, strength into weakness and hope into despair. He does this to encourage His people, to strengthen their hand and lead them to the place where He commands HIS PEACE. Many times, when we are getting close to where the Lord wants us to be, we encounter resistance and hardships but, in those moments, there is an echoing reminder from God: “Do not fear, I AM with YOU!” May you be encouraged to keep moving forward, keep trusting God and keep building towards peace, knowing He is with you and commands His peace where you are headed. Let peace bring freedom and may freedom in turn preserve peace. Amen!
February 13, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5