From your friendly Brazilian devotional service, today in English.
But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Haggai 2:4 NLT
The Jews who remembered Solomon’s temple would consider the new construction, after the exile, as something despicable and unworthy of effort.
We fall into the same error, exalting past efforts and despising present works.
But instead of lamenting the glories of the past, we need to get busy and take courage, knowing that the Lord is with us and will do his work through our efforts.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS IN ENGLISH. Amazing how we tend to look back at the old days and embellish them. And even when the old days were good, we let the blessings of the past blind us to the opportunities of the present. Perhaps this is a growing tendence as one ages. But no matter how old one gets, the now demands action, today holds its opportunities, even though it may present a steeper incline, tougher sledding, a harder row to hoe.
I liked Joe Gray’s little booklet, that saw great opportunities in the present digression among the churches. God is still moving, he continues to be Lord of Heaven’s Armies and he charges us to pick up our tools, reinforce the walls of our courage and get to work.