Several places to flip around today: Haggai 2:1-9, Zechariah 1:1-6, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra 5:2, Haggai 2:20-23, Zechariah 2, 3, 4, and 5. I switched to the NKJV for a few days just for a change – do you switch it up here and there? As much as I enjoy the Message translation, the NKJV has been my dear friend for many years. I like returning to the familiar text as much as I like for a different translation to “keep me on my toes”! I’m rambling – let’s visit about the reading today!
Haggai 2:4 says “be strong” (three times) with the encouragement “for I am with you”. This is a powerful and much needed reminder that our circumstances do not change God’s promises – we are chosen. He is always the same.
“Therefore thus says the Lord:
‘I am returning to Jerusalem with mercy’ ” (Zechariah 1:16 NKJV)
How lovely. How precious. Depending on our need, how powerful. Doesn’t He always return with mercy?
“Sing and rejoice… for I am coming” (Zechariah 2:10 NKJV)
Rejoice just because He is coming – He hadn’t even acted yet, He was just coming! That’s joy and faith in action!