Words from the Heart for Monday October 7th, 2019
“Start rebuilding. I am with you,” announces the Lord who rules over all. “That is what I promised you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit continues to be with you. So do not be afraid.”
Haggai 2:4b-5 (NIRV)
1937 was an important year in the recovery from the Great Depression. The Bank of Canada was nationalized in that year, helping aid the financial recovery. But it took the outbreak of World War II to pull Canada out of the depression. From 1939, an increased demand in Europe for materials, and increased spending by the Canadian government created a strong boost for the economy. Unemployed men joined the military. The Canadian economy quickly rebuilt.
Discouragement can come from so many sources. A plan doesn’t work out, a family member gets sick, our finances are not good, a child disappoints us. Discouragement, like its cousin fear, is paralyzing and hard to overcome. The people of Israel were feeling that way. They had come back from captivity in Babylon and the Temple that Solomon had built, the beautiful Temple that was the pride of Israel and the dwelling place of God, was a mess. It was so discouraging. So God speaks to them in Haggai 2:4b-5: “Start rebuilding. I am with you,” announces the Lord who rules over all. “That is what I promised you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit continues to be with you. So do not be afraid.” What a great word of encouragement from the Lord. While the Temple was not rebuilt, God was with them still. He can’t be contained in the walls of a building built by human hands. And in those times of great discouragement in your life, you can stand on this same promise – God is with you and He will never leave you. Let His abiding Spirit bring you hope.
These have been words from the heart.