God Chose YOU!
Haggai delivered a message earlier in the day, but wasn’t finished. That same day, God sent a second message to the prophet; this one was specifically for Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah.
The message delivered earlier in the day proclaimed prosperity to the obedient people. The second word given to Zerubbabel was more somber. It warned the governor of tumultuous times ahead for his community. However, the message also offered encouragement as God said, “I will take you” in the midst of the turmoil.
It seems that something dark and desperate is always looming on the horizon for us here on earth . . . global warming, terrorism, and scary economic times. You name it, and it has probably tried to scare us at some point over the last decade. But, fear is not of the Lord. Although it is prudent to prepare as best we can, it is far more important to remember that God chose us . . . even before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
When my boys were elementary age, Pokemon was the the fad. For those who may not have had children during this era of popular culture, I’ll do my best to describe the whimsical world of Pokemon. As far as I could tell from my adult perch observing this kiddie craze, Pokemon originated from Japan as a cartoon that followed “good” trainers and “evil” trainers who had little creatures (Pokemon) that battled on their behalf.
When a trainer needed a certain Pokemon with a specific trait, he’d call the creature’s name and yell, “I choose YOU!” The faithful little Pokemon would fly into action despite the chaos swirling around them.
Even though we are a far cry from pop-culture cartoon characters, we share some similarities. Much like the Pokemon trainers obtained their army of little helpers, God obtained us through Jesus’ shed blood, and our acceptance of his gift of salvation.
How wonderful that God CHOSE us. Not only that, but he provides special gifts and talents to every one of us and is blessed when respond obediently. Just like a Pokemon called by his trainer, we need to respond to God. When we hear his call . . . “Shona, I choose YOU!”, we bless him when we act on his behalf.
“I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and to overthrow the thrones of kingdoms; I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders…On that day, says, the Lord of Hosts, I will take you, O Zerubbabel my servant, son of Shealtiel, says the Lord, and make you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you, says the Lord of Hosts” (Haggai 2:23 NRSV).
Think About It
What a wonderful thing that the Master of the Universe chose you and me. In the midst of your Christian walk or life’s difficulties, consider how you can use all the lessons we’ve done in Haggai. Lastly, always cling to the comfort God offers because HE chose US.
- Be enthusiastic: it is contagious and keeps us from becoming complacent.
- Establish the right priorities: this helps us focus on God’s desires.
- Persist: this leads us to abundant living.
- Join together: an enthusiastic and persistent community with the right priorities will further God’s kingdom in miraculous ways.
- Step out in faith; the more we step out in faith, the more our faith grows.
Word for Today: Never, ever forget that God chose YOU!