Today we are stepping into part three of the sermon series, “Little Heroes. Big World”. If you have missed Pt. 1 or Pt. 2
Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2: 2-9
You see, God knew the struggle going on in the hearts of the Israelites. He knew that the people or at least some of the people, realized exactly how much greatness they had lost. He knew that while the temple they had built was a restoration, it was also a reminder of just how weak they had become. God was calling the people of Jerusalem to do some pretty heroic things at that particular time and the people were realizing that their strength would not be enough. They were little heroes with little power in a big world.
Today God is in the business of restoring many of us as well and He is telling us about big plans He has for us, for our families, for our lives. And like the Israelites of Haggai’s day, we are coming to understand that while God has restored us the plan of God is bigger than us and that we are little heroes with little power in a very big and very scary world.
Frankly, that is just how God intended it. He knows we are little heroes with little power in a very big and scary world. Still, He intends that we should move forward with His plans no matter how big, no matter how scary, no matter how impossible those plans seem.
How does that seem to you?