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Haggai - Whose House Are You Building?
H Haggai's prophecy came at the time when the people of Judah were extremely vulnerable.
They had been humbled by their exile to Babylon (609 B.C.) and had just recently returned
to Judah under the decree from Cyrus in 538 B.C. They had been hopeful in their return to
their Promised Land, and then so discouraged by opposition in their rebuilding of the Temple
that they quit (Ezra 4:24). Now 18 years later (520 B.C.), with Haggai blaming their lack of food,
clothing, and shelter on their failure to rebuild the Temple, the Jews were receptive to his
message of putting their priorities in the right place and completing the building of the Temple.
The people had forgotten their God and had chosen to take the path of least resistance
and focus on their own interests. Haggai wanted the people to stop long enough in their
busy schedules to evaluate their life in light of God's word to them. He called for them to stop
and "consider their ways". What was really important to them? It is just as easy for us today to drift away from God's agenda to our own. It easy to pursue
selfish desires while ignoring God's. In fact, it is the default mode of our lives. If we give no
thought to how we are living, we will naturally live for ourselves. The bent of our hearts is
always towards selfishness.
Each day we need to evaluate what we're doing and how we're using the good gifts that God
has given us. We should examine who we choose as friends, what we set as goals, and where
we are going. If God is not our priority, we've missed it.
When we take time to evaluate, we can hear God speak in powerful ways. This is what happens
when God is the priority of our hearts. How do we know if He is?
This week's sermon by: Pastor Ray
Words of Encouragement - Words of Hope
Haggai 2:1-19;Gal.6:9-10; Matt. 28:18-20;Eph. 4:17-32