Then Haggai, the messenger of the Lord, spoke to the people with the Lord’s message, “I am with you, declares the Lord.” And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God. —Haggai 1:13–14 (ESV)
The book of Haggai contains the prophecies of the prophet by the same name around 520 BC, some years after the Temple had been destroyed. The book opens with Haggai’s prophecy—God’s instruction—to rebuild the Temple.
In today’s passage, The Lord offers an encouraging word to the people about the massive rebuilding project they were undertaking: “I am with you.” The promise of God’s presence is found throughout Scripture, both in specific circumstances, such as this one, and more generally, such as when Jesus promises His disciples He would be with them always. God is with us. Next, Haggai writes that the Lord ‘stirred up the spirit’ of the governor, Zerubbabel, the high priest, Joshua, and the rest of the people to do the work. The Lord gave them the will to work, the fortitude to rebuild.
Scripture is not a broken record when it says, again and again, that the Lord is with His people. This is a truth we need to hear often, especially as the Lord calls us to new and great opportunities. Take courage in the Lord’s presence and ask him to stir up your spirit to do the work to which He has called you. Maybe you have a project or task that involves others—your family, church, or school. Ask God to bring you into unity and stir all of your spirits up to do the work. To God be the glory.