Hi, today my sister and I are doing a post together in Haggai 1: 11 and 13; verse 11 says:
“I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”
In this verse we see the drought as a picture of sin, or the punishment of sin. A time when, because of the Israelites’ sin, God was punishing them. The Israelites were not caring for God’s house, instead they were only caring for their own houses and their own lives. So the Lord sent a drought on the land so that they would repent. And the Lord also sent a messenger to save the Israelites and tell them to turn away from sin.
We were sinning, and the Lord’s wrath was against us, but the Lord sent a messenger who would save us from God’s wrath. However, instead of telling us what to do and telling us what we were doing wrong, the one that God sent would take all of our sin upon Himself and bear all of God’s wrath on a cross! His name is Jesus and He saved us from our sins and God’s wrath!
Haggai 1:13 says:
“Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord.”
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the Cross, we have the Holy Spirit living in us. Now, God is with us, and He will never leave us. Hebrews 13:5 says,
“…“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.””
God is always with us, no matter what we do. Jesus has paid for our sin; now we have the Holy Spirit in us helping us to withdraw from sin, and helping us praise God more and more. God is with us!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland