“I am with you, says the Lord”

Haggai Bible Background

12.25.2016 – Old Testament: Hag 1.13–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Haggai on December 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Jews were putting themselves first and the Lord last, because they had forgotten that He blessed them in the economy. Therefore, He hurt their economy for putting Him last, and when they realized what they had done and repented, He had Haggai the prophet say,

Then Haggai, the LORD’S messenger, spoke the LORD’S message to the people, saying, “I am with you, says the LORD.” So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God, on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius (Haggai 1.13–15). 

Yes, the Lord rebukes, and sometimes He allows suffering in our lives, but only to get us back on the right track or to keep us there, for He truly wants to bless and not curse. What more powerful words can you hear from Him than, “I am with you”?

Questions:

  • Do you believe the Lord is with you?
  • If not, what do you need to change to make it a reality?

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