It is being made apparent more now than ever that everything that was once under the surface is beginning to be revealed. Just look around; no one wants to stand close to anybody, we are more distrusting of our surroundings, anger issues are being exacerbated and televised, all this yet it seems that no one is discussing the spiritual effects the year 2020 is having on people and the church. In Haggai 2:6 its says “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.” This was a prophecy that came through the prophet Haggai. Prior to this in verse 4, the Lord gives his people this encouragement; “But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the LORD. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, 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.”
Warning and encouragement
In these two verses you get both a warning and an encouragement. For God to inform his people to be strong indicates some sort of turmoil ahead. For example when Moses died and Joshua took over leadership, the Lord commanded Joshua the following, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. All this was before the Israelites were to take ownership by force of the Land the Lord had promised them, i.e. before a battle. This was the same case in Haggai with a difference in that the Lord promised that he will shake the Heavens, Earth, Sea AND the Dry land! Notice also that the Lord reassures his people that they should not be afraid of the events that will soon unfold that The Lord himself will be with them. This encourages me that whatever is going on in the world today, even if it comes unexpectedly I am assured that as I remain in Christ his blood covers me and thus casts out all fear. This is your case also, if you haven’t already; ask Jesus to come into your life, take control and help you, he will do it.
“…even if it comes unexpectedly I am assured that as I remain in Christ his blood covers me and thus casts out all fear.“
Jesus our confidence
In John 14:1 Jesus was encouraging his disciples with this verse “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” In this scripture I noticed the word “let” meaning when we feel low or disturbed it is a sentiment we are allowing our hearts to manifest. Which also means that Jesus has given us the authority to not “let” our hearts become troubled! Now this doesn’t say that we won’t experience situations that will try to persuade our hearts to let troubles in, however it does say that we have a way out and an authority to resist only if we have Christ in our lives.
Separating the chaff from the wheat
In these last days we have plethora of people walking in fear of not only what is to come but of the present situation. For example one thing I learnt this year is that no one is certain of anything. In Luke 22:32 Jesus says; “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” This was an indication that Peter was to undergo a shaking, similar to when someone is trying is trying to separate wheat from other unwanted contaminants. I am sure that a lot of us have been going through a sifting of some sort including myself, however Jesus also mentions that he already prayed so that our faith will not be compromised. What a wonderful thing to know that Jesus has already given us the ability to overcome and to also strengthen our brothers and sisters!
I believe that the church is yet to see the glory of God if we do not waver, stay strong and know that you are not alone.