Read Haggai 2:4-5
I hear Zerubbabel and Joshua and all the people working to rebuild the temple and experiencing all kinds of challenges and discouragement in the work that God had called them to do. And God just speaks directly and clearly to them. He says, “Be strong. Be strong. Be strong.” He says it three times. “Zerubbabel, be strong. Joshua, be strong. All you people of the land, be strong.” He says, “Work. Keep at what I have called you to do. For you’re not alone in it. I am with you,” declares the Lord of hosts, the Lord of armies, heavenly armies.
- How has God called you to be strong when you didn’t feel strong?
- Have you ever doubted God’s promises to you? Why or why not?
- Jesus promises he will be with us. How has Jesus been with you?
The spirit of God is in your midst. All the more so, New Testament, all who’ve trusted in Jesus, the spirit is in us, and God says, “Fear not,” at the end of verse five. “Do not be afraid. Be strong.” Is this not the chorus that resounds over and over and over again in God’s word as he speaks to his people when they are facing challenges and discouragement?