Great Lessons from Haggai 1

Haggai

When it comes to spiritual work, we’re procrastinators.  These people say it’s not the right time to rebuild the house of the LORD.  Hag 1:2

We know what we should be doing for God, but we always think we’ll do it later.  We keep waiting for the “right time”  — that day when we’re not so busy, and have plenty of energy and motivation.

And then we wonder why things aren’t going right in our lives!  Read on. . .

Things don’t go right because we’re not putting God firstNow, this is what the LORD of Armies says: Carefully consider your ways! You planted a lot, but you harvested little. You eat, but you’re never full. You drink, but you’re still thirsty.

You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.  Hag 1:5-6,9

We treat God as just another one of our pursuits, instead of the most important thing.  We invest in ourselves instead of Him.

The result is that our lives are like a cup with holes in it.  We keep trying to fill it with the things we need, only to find it’s empty.

The key is fearing the Lord.  Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.  Hag 1:12

Do we respect God enough to obey him?  We have things we need to work on in our spiritual character, but what will it take for us to change them?  Do we recognize that we’ll only be able to change with God’s help?  That we need to do things God’s way, because doing things our way only puts us up against a brick wall?  Do we recognize the utter supremacy of God, and the folly of continuing to think we are the center of the universe?

We will only be able to “build God’s house” in our lives when we start to fear Him.

We have help!  “I am with you, declares the LORD. . . So the Lord stirred up . . .  the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God.  Hag 1:13-14

So much of the time it’s too intimidating to do what we need to do.  We feel overwhelmed.  We have to realize that we’re not going to have to do it by ourselves.  God will be with us, giving us strength and guidance.  He will even give us motivation in our spirit!

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