2015-12-12 - I am with You
Haggai 1:13--Then Haggai, the Lord's messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: "I am with you," declares the LORD.
After the people of Israel returned from exile, they went about building houses in which to live. Some of their homes were paneled with cedar, which was ornate. The exiles went about reestablishing their lives in their former lands. They planted crops and labored in their jobs, but they had not shown the same energy in rebuilding the Temple. As a result, God had frustrated their efforts, by withholding rain on their crops. The people were suffering from famine. God sent word to His people that they needed to rebuild His house, so that He could be worshipped and honored properly. The reconstruction would require supplies of timber and many laborers. But God also told the people that He would be with them during their work. God instructed Haggai to deliver a message saying, "I am with you."
Of course, the epitome of the message of God being with us, is in Matthew 1:23, where we learn the true meaning of Christ's name Emmanuel.
God has the same message for us today. When we labor for God, He is with us. He has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us. He encourages and empowers us. We are not alone. God tells us, "I am with you."
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.