Archive for February 3rd, 2014

Haggai 2

Haggai 2 has the prophet receiving a word from the Lord to encourage Zerubbabel and the remnant to keep on building.  He says “Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory”?  God is calling on history and bringing to remembrance the wonder of the original House of the Lord.  There is much power in remembering, and we see it over and over in scripture as God challenges us to keep going back to recall His faithfulness and the greatness of His hand in the lives of His people.

Then there is a challenge.  “How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes”?  Look people.  There is nothing here.  The House has been destroyed.  Do you see that?  God is challenging the willingness to leave status quo the way it is.  He is encouraging them to remember, and then look at reality.  Things are not ok the way they are.  God expects His House to be restored to its former glory.  And He uses Haggai to challenge the people to look and see what reality is.

Then comes the order.  “Work, for I am with you….My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not”.  God tells His people that they need to get to work.  They should not be content to leave things as they are, and the only way that changes is if they get in the game.  God calls us to be part of His work.  We are His hands and feet, and that is very true for the rebuilding of His House.  But God gives them a promise.  God promises His presence and tells them they can trust Him.  There is no need for fear because He is with them.

Can God deliver?  Well He makes it clear that “The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts”.  God has no resource constraints.  He owns it all.  He owns everything you and I have today as well.  God is not only the source, but also the supplier.  He is able – more than able – to meet any need or any resistance.  And to top it off, Haggai gives this promise from God: “from this day on I will bless you”.  That comes as the rebuilding gets going and God assures them that He will bless them going forward.

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