By: Tim Sader
Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD.
Last week we talked about things that are more valuable than rubies; wisdom, a godly spouse and relationship with God are the main ones we discussed. Looking back on my own life while preparing for this week’s message I really got to thinking about the times God has been there for me. Until I was fourteen I lived in Minnesota and other than ten thousand lakes it is most known for its often harsh winters. We lived in an apartment building next to a church with a big parking lot and every winter when it got plowed it would make a giant mound of snow. These snowbanks and church field attracted all the kids in the surrounding area for winter fun. These activities included sledding, snowball fights, snowmen, snow angels and digging snow tunnels. When I was about six I remember playing outside for hours with the other kids and having a blast. This year I was still getting around ok but after playing I’d be wore out and it was tough making it home through a couple feet of snow. One day my three year old brother was walking home with me and as we were heading home I took a step and sank up to my waist in snow. I couldn’t free myself and the tables were turned on me because now I had to trust my three year old brother to go home and get help. He did well and help came after I sank to my chest in the snow and was close to frost bite. Surely God was with me in that outcome because cold like that can kill fast and three year olds don’t always listen. If we choose God then God is with us. I was a child and I already had prayed for Jesus to live in my heart so He truly was with me and has been ever since.
Haggai gave the message of the Lord to His people. He declares to them “I (God) am with you.” We who believe and trust God are His people and God is with us just like He was with them in Israel. God spoke in a dream at Bethel and told Jacob He was with him and would bring his descendants back to that land. God said He would not leave them until He fulfilled all that was promised (Genesis 28:15). God has promised things to us all and He is with us until those promises have come into our lives. We should not fear or be dismayed because He is the God who strengthens and helps us when we seek Him. He upholds us with Jesus who is His mighty right hand (Isaiah 41:10). There’s no need to fear because God will rescue us when we most need Him to (Jeremiah 1:8). God makes his people a strong wall or fortified city. When outside forces attack us they will not overcome or win the fight. God always comes to the rescue and saves His people when trouble comes (Jeremiah 15:20). God tells Israel not to fear the king of Babylon because He was going to save them and deliver them from his hands (Jeremiah 42:11). Babylon was modern day Iraq and it just so happens one of our fears today ISIS comes out of that area. God is telling us to not fear what is coming from Babylon because God is with us and He will keep us safe from harm. If we have found Jesus our message to others is for them to come to Him and receive the Holy Spirit to be the comforter. We are to obey what the Lord commanded and surely He is with us until the end (Matthew 28:19-20). If we are saved then we are God’s people and He will be with us to strengthen, rescue, and save us from our fears. He sent His son to uphold us and be with us until we receive what he promised, even to the end of time.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16