“Be strong all you people of the land,” declares the LORD, “work. For I am with you.” (Haggai 2:4)
Many people who wait on the Lord for deliverance from some suffering just wait for the work of the Lord to be seen. But God says that we have to work and he will bless that work (Hag 2:4). He would provide you with all the resources to accomplish the task and would team you up with people who would bring the work to the finishing line. But then we have to make a conscious decision to serve God. We keep toiling all the days of our lives trying to get all that we want, but if we look back we may find that were not earning or receiving as much as we are working for. Why? We are sowing more seeds but not reaping the equivalent harvest (Hag 1:6). We are called to acknowledge and trust God for everything. How else can the mercy and abundant grace of God be displayed? If we put God as our priority then God multiplies our efforts and our harvest. This is the power of God’s grace which a human minds cannot comprehend.
God says, “Give careful thought to your ways” (Hag 1: 5,7). Moving in our lives under God’s guidance is a must. Many a times we make wrong decisions or rely more on our own understanding. But despite of our wrong decisions God continues to bless us and use us for his purpose. He will restore you (1 Peter 5:10). God’s promises are not just made for the sake of reading and being happy but they are life-giving and life-sustaining words. God is the rock that we stand on, and we receive our strength and worth from God. If we make a habit of seeking God’s decision for every smallest thing then we will realize the importance of making a decision and living our lives in accordance with our faith. Nothing is ours; neither our lives, nor our family nor the assets that we have but we have been given a responsibility to take care of all these things through the wisdom of God.
God is eager to bless you and his blessings are showered from the very first step that you take towards him. All that we need to do is to make a conscious decision to follow God in all our. For He promises, “And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear” (Hag 2:5).
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