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

Sixteenth Day of Lenten Reflection: "Walk by faith, not by sight"

On this sixteenth day of Lenten reflection, we turn our attention to a principle that is at the very heart of Christian living: "Walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). These words, penned by the Apostle Paul, encapsulate a profound truth about the nature of our journey with God. They remind us that faith, rather than what we physically see or perceive, should guide our steps.

To "walk by faith" means to live in reliance on God, trusting in His promises and guidance, even when they lead us through paths that are uncertain or challenging to our human understanding. This kind of walking requires a deep trust in the character of God and His plans for us, which often surpass our limited comprehension or expectations.

Lent is a season that calls for reflection on our faith journey. It is a time to assess how much we are willing to trust God, especially in situations where our understanding falls short. Are we relying on our own sight — our perceptions, knowledge, and experiences — or are we truly walking by faith, grounded in the belief that God's ways and thoughts are higher than ours?

"Walking by faith" also implies a commitment to follow Christ even when it is counter-cultural or difficult. It is about making choices that align with God's will, even when they don’t make sense from a worldly perspective. Jesus Himself exemplified this walk of faith, choosing the path of obedience to the Father, leading to the cross for our salvation.

Furthermore, this principle challenges us to look beyond immediate appearances and circumstances. In a world that often judges success by material standards or popular acclaim, walking by faith calls us to seek eternal and spiritual truths. It’s a journey that values what God values — love, justice, mercy, and humility — over worldly achievements or accolades.

Walking by faith also means trusting in God's timing and provision. In times of uncertainty or waiting, faith reassures us that God is at work, even when we cannot see the immediate results. It invites us to live with hope and patience, confident that God's plans for us are good and His timing is perfect.

As we continue our Lenten reflection, let us strive to walk by faith. May we deepen our trust in God, seek His guidance in all things, and hold onto the promises of His Word. In doing so, we will find that our path, though not always clear to our sight, is securely guided by the One who walks beside us every step of the way.

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