Haggai 2:4-5 NIV 2011
“‘But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozdak, 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. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’”
The Lord’s Words to Zerubbabel were similar to David’s words to Solomon regarding the construction of the temple. 1 Chronicles 28:20, “David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.’” God, who empowered Solomon, would enable Zerubbabel and God’s people to restore the temple. The Holy Spirit was with His people fleeing Egypt and their forty-year journey. Isaiah 41:10b, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God restores that which was lost.
Reading through the Old Testament is a great encouragement for God’s People today. I see God’s sovereign hand involved in the lives of His people even when they choose to walk away from Him. He restored them each time they returned to Him. God restored my life the day I acknowledged my sins, repented and asked for forgiveness. Walking without Him were lonely years. He used those years as a daily reminder of His amazing grace. God restored what was lost.
How does God restore lost lives?
Sinners restored together,