150 years ago when I was growing up the standard teaching practice in Sunday school was memorization. (Oh the good old days)  I was basically forced to learn scripture by rote memorization but too young to realize that. Some of you reading this reflection are old enough to remember how it went. Each week at Sunday school the teacher would ask you to stand before the class to repeat the memory verse and if you could you’d get a star and so many stars got you award at the end of the year.  You remember those days?
Well today we’re going old school and we invite you to accept the memory verse challenge for today.  It comes from the 2nd chapter 4 verse in Haggai and it reads: “Yet now…take courage, all you people of the land for I am with you says the Lord of hosts.”
We hope you hear a very clear and strong message of encouragement.  “Yet now take courage” means there is an opportunity to renew your trust in God who expects you to live unafraid and provides each of us with the tools to live less fearful. One of the tools is the power that we receive from God’s Spirit that gives us power to stand, power to obey, power to do right, and power to love even when our fear seems to incapacitate us. We always get to choose our response. I heard it said that if fear is growing, then trust is diminishing; when trust is growing, fear is revealed for the faulty and circumstantial thing that it is.
Be reminded of what is essential. Trust leads to and living courageously. That’s a message we all need to hear.

Scripture Reading: Haggai 2:1-9

Reflection Questions:
What does “yet now take courage” means to you? to your family?
Who encourages you?
How do you sense that the Lord is “with you”?

Prayer: Holy God, deepen my trust in you and let me be an encourager throughout this day. Amen.

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