Haggai 2:4 Be Strong And Work

Construction worker

‘But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadek, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. Haggai 2:4 

Work is something that most people have to do. Many people do not really love to work, but do it because they have to. With this mindset, many will do as little work as possible to get what they want.

Instead of desiring to work, most people desire to be able to play. Work is only an ‘evil’ necessity for some. This also causes a person to wear down quickly and lose heart and motivation when working on a job.

God tells Joshua and Zerubbabel to be strong and work as they began to work on rebuilding God’s temple. He told them that He would be with them as they worked.

In the beginning, when God set Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He had placed them there to work the land, caring for the plants and animals. Man was created to work. Since that time, man has fallen and sin has entered the world. Selfishness has risen and men do not want to work. Yet, man still needs to work.

The greatest work a man can do is the work of God. While Zerubbabel was working on building a physical temple for God, believers, today, can work on building the spiritual temple for God. This temple is the individual himself and the kingdom of God with more people becoming believers.

Every believer is to be His witness and to disciple new people in what it means to follow and serve God. This can be a hard work, but they are to remain strong because God is with them.

God will be with you as you do the work He has called you to do. His Holy Spirit will strengthen and guide you in how to live for Him more and more, turning away from sin and becoming more like Jesus. The Holy Spirit will also give you the words to speak to draw others to a saving knowledge and relationship with Jesus.

This is the work God has called you to do, regardless of what work you also do to pay for your bills. Do not allow yourself to be weak and falter, but be strong in the Lord and continue to do His work.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal to you the work He wants you to do; that you will be encouraged to do His work daily; that God will fill you with His strength and power; and that God will do great things through you to build His kingdom.

Psalm 84:10 The Best Place

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10

There are many places that people would rather be during the days and weeks of their life. People look forward to the weekends when they are at work, so that they can be at home, or out fishing, or relaxing, anywhere but at work. Students in school look forward to the final bell to go home and dream about summer vacation all school year.

The location that people love to be is different for each person, but every person has a place they love or would love to go and see. It is rare to find a person that does not have a favorite place to rather be at than where he is currently at.

Believers should have a different look on locations. The view of every believer should not be at the temporary locations on this earth. It is good to be with family at home, or out on some vacation, or maybe somewhere else, but there is a better place to be than all of those places.

That location is in God’s dwelling place. It is in the presence of God.

There is nothing better than spending time with God. It is something that you can do when you are alone or with a group of people. Jesus had said that where ever two or three are gathered, He would be there. The location is not a physical place, but being in the presence of God. God dwells in the hearts of His people, the believers in Jesus.

To get into His presence, means you must shut out the cares and distractions of this world. Spend time reading and studying His Word. Spend time in pray. Take the time to get to know God, speaking to Him and listening to Him.

In the presence of God there is peace, comfort, love, hope, and joy. When you have all of those things, what more could you ever want?

Are you spending time in God’s presence?

Is being in the presence of God the best location you believe you could ever be?

I pray today that you will know God and His presence in your life; that you will desire to be where God is; that you will not be distracted by this world’s locations; and that you will know the joy and blessing of God’s presence.