Let us now delve into the subject of facing trials in greater detail, developing on the points raised above.
“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, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not” (Haggai 2:4-5).
Both Zerubbabel, the governor, and Joshua, the priest, the key people involved in galvanising the people into action, were singled out in the prophecy. With God’s affirmation, Go ahead, I am firmly behind your project, the temple reconstruction team had the heart to work.
Thirdly, when we face trials, we must have faith in God that He will deliver us. We must also depend on His wisdom and strength to overcome it. “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion” (Psalm 84:5).
- Be positive about trials as they serve to "enlarge" us and build our character.
- Don’t be anxious or fearful because God’s presence is with us.
- Have faith in God and He will give us the strength and wisdom to overcome trials.
- Worship God as if victory has already been secured.
- Affirm that the battle is God’s, not ours.
- Prayerfully commit our anxieties to God, thanking Him in advance for answering us.
- Believe that God loves us immeasurably and He can do far more than what we ask or think.