Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, - Haggai 2:4
Today Lord God is remembering His word that He is with you always. And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.(Judges 6:13) During the days of Gideon the people of Israel were humiliated. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.(Judges 6:3-4). Lord visited Gideon. When the messenger of God told Gideon that the Lord is with them? Gideon replied him, if God were with us how could these things happen. Today also you ask the same question? If God be with me why should such crisis appear in my life? Why is that my plans and actions are not materialized? Beloved if God is with you definitely you will see miracles happening in your life, you will protected from all harm and evil and all your plans will come to fruition. There is a reason for the people of Israel for being humiliated. They did evil things. Which are against the commandments of the Lord. Therefore the Lord departed from them and handed over them to the Midianites. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.(Judges 6:1)
When Joseph was in the house of Potiphar, the wife of Potiphar seduced him to sleep with her. And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.(Gen 39:7) Because Joseph was a man of God he has guarded himself against the temptations, because of that God was with him. He did not yield to her seductive words. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?(Gen 39:8-9). Just like Joseph when you are tempted to commit sin, do you fear the Lord and separate your selves from evil circumstances? Your own sins and transgressions are the causes that prevent God’s grace flow into your life. Without committing any sin Joseph was prisoned, for no fault of him, but then still God was with him. But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.(Gen 39:21) The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.(Gen 39:23). When you act against the will of God you shall be humiliated and condemned. When you return back to God and keep up his statues then the Lord God of Israel will remain with you. Lift you up from your lowly state and bless you. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.(Nahum 1:12-13).
Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;I will protect him, because he knows my name.When he calls to me, I will answer him;I will be with him in trouble;I will rescue him and honor him. - Psalms 91:14-15.
Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;...