King Solomon built a beautiful temple in Jerusalem. But enemy armies destroyed the temple. Later, God told His people to build another temple. The book of Haggai is about God encouraging these people as they rebuilt the temple.
The Israelites feared God and respected Him. But when they started rebuilding the temple, they were discouraged. Why? Because they felt they couldn’t build a temple as wonderful as Solomon’s temple had been. But God told the people that He would be with them and help them. In verse 13 of our Bible Reading for today, God told the people, “I am with you!”
Maybe you are like the Israelites. You are facing many problems. And you are discouraged because you are not sure how you will solve your problems. Don’t be discouraged! Remember that God is always with you. He will give you strength.