I Am with You, Declares the Lord (Haggai 1:13)

Haggai 1:13 says, "Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord." This reassurance was given to the Israelites who had returned from exile and were tasked with rebuilding the temple. They were discouraged and overwhelmed by the enormity of the task, but God, through Haggai, reminded them that He was with them, providing the strength and encouragement they needed to continue their work. Today, this verse is a powerful reminder that God’s presence is always with us, especially when we face daunting challenges. Just as the Israelites felt overwhelmed by the task of rebuilding, we too often encounter situations that seem beyond our abilities. Whether it is a demanding job, family responsibilities, or personal struggles, we can feel discouraged and unsure of how to move forward. In these moments, God’s declaration, "I am with you," offers us the comfort and strength we need to persevere. Making this re

Seventh Day of Lenten Reflection: "Be still, and know that I am God"

As we arrive at the seventh day of our Lenten reflection, we are invited to reflect upon a powerful and comforting command found in Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God." In a world that often feels frenetic and overwhelming, these words offer a profound invitation to pause, reflect, and acknowledge God's sovereignty and presence in our lives.

The call to "be still" is not just an encouragement to halt our physical activities; it is an invitation to quiet our minds and hearts. It is an opportunity to step away from the noise and distractions that often dominate our daily lives and enter into a space of tranquility and reflection. In this stillness, we are better positioned to hear God's voice, to sense His leading, and to gain perspective on our life's journey.

The second part of this verse, "know that I am God," speaks to the recognition of God's omnipotence and His place in our lives and the world. In the stillness, we are reminded of who God is - our Creator, Sustainer, Protector, and Redeemer. Acknowledging God's sovereignty helps us to surrender our worries, fears, and plans into His capable hands. It is in recognizing His power and love that we find true peace.

Lent is a season of introspection, repentance, and spiritual growth. "Be still, and know that I am God" aligns perfectly with this time, as it encourages us to slow down and reflect on our relationship with the Divine. This period allows us to examine areas of our life where we may be resisting God's control or struggling to trust in His plans.

Moreover, the call to be still is an antidote to the anxiety and stress that often accompany our busy lives. In the stillness, we can lay our burdens before God, trusting in His goodness and timing. It is a reminder that we do not face life's challenges alone; God is with us, guiding and supporting us every step of the way.

As we continue our Lenten reflection, let us take time each day to be still in God's presence. May this practice deepen our understanding of God's character and His love for us. In the stillness, may we find the strength, wisdom, and peace we need to navigate life's complexities. And as we grow in our knowledge of God, may our lives reflect His grace and truth to those around us.


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