Haggai 2: 4&5
“But now be strong, O Zerubbabel,” declares the Lord. “Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak 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.” NIV
This is a pretty effective recipe to banish worry:
Be strong. Work. Remember God’s promises. Know that God is with you. Don’t fear.
I love the way The Message translates these two verses: “So get to work, Zerubbabel!” — God is speaking. “Get to work, Joshua son of Jehozadak — high priest!” “Get to work, all you people!” — God is speaking. “Yes, get to work! For I am with you.” The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is speaking! “Put into action the word I covenanted with you when you left Egypt. I’m living and breathing among you right now. Don’t be timid. Don’t hold back.” MSG
There is work to be done here. I serve the living God.
That’s what I’ll think about today.