Wednesday, Sept. 23
After Haggai noted that the people feared God, he told them not to fear (Haggai, 2:5). this is a totally different context. It was appropriate for them to fear God, but here they are encouraged not to fear those that were trying to thwart their building of the temple. These were enemies of God. They were trying to put fear in the hearts of the builders. Haggai, speaking for the Lord, gives adequate reason for not fearing these enemies. The first is that “I am with you” and the second is “my spirit is within you.” Either one of these would be sufficient to cover the fear issue. The same message applies to us today. When God commissioned the disciples to spread the gospel into all the world, He said “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Mt. 28:20). That covers us. And we have the indwelling Holy Spirit. Double coverage, just as in Haggai 2:5.