Well, summer is “officially” here. School let out yesterday. And what a summer this promises to be! Already, I have more packed into the next three weeks than I ever dreamed possible. Let the games begin! That had nothing to do with Word Wednesday. Just felt like sharing. 🙂 This week, Haggai has everything to do with Word Wednesday! It’s a short, short book, so if you want to read it right quick and jump in, feel free! Drop to the comments below and let us know what blew you away in the big little book of Haggai! Next week, Zechariah!
Haggai 1:4b-5–“Be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the Lord, “and work. For I am with you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.”
It wasn’t until I started doing Word Wednesday that I realized just how many of the minor prophets addressed Israel in a way that applies to our nation and the church today. It seems like every single week we hit upon something that makes me go, “Hey! That’s us!” It’s one of those things… I always knew the Bible is eternally relevant, I just didn’t realize HOW eternally relevant if that makes any sense.
This verse is pretty self-explanatory, and boy, does it ever give me a ton of hope to know that God is always with us. Another thing I never noticed until Word Wednesday started is just how many times He says that. He knew we’d need the reminder, huh?
At any rate, the thing that stands out to me in this verse is what seems, at first, to be out of place. “I am with you… Be strong…” and then comes, “and WORK.” Ding, ding, ding!!! God never intended for us to sit on our hands and wait for Jesus to come back. He never intended us to sit back, hold out our open palms, and wait for blessings to fall into them. Prayer is important, but He also meant for us to get up of our knees, get out there, and work for Him. There are souls who have yet to hear about Him. There are hungry people to feed and the poor to clothe. There are mourning people to comfort. Look around this world… There is a lot our hands can do in the name of Jesus!
One other thing… God has given each of us talents. Some are great evangelizers. (I am not one of them, by the way.) Others are great at discipling those who have already accepted Christ. (This is more me.) Still others are good at sweeping floors, repairing broken porches, mowing a neighbor’s grass, sending a card to encourage someone… Just because your talent and “job” in the kingdom doesn’t look like someone else’s doesn’t mean you aren’t as good as them or you aren’t working for Him. Ask Him where HE wants you, then jump on it. He needs lots of hands doing lots of different things!