Haggai 1:3-4 (NIV)
3 Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai:
4 Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’
The book of Haggai talks about the call to build the Lord’s house, and I think that even though this book has been recorded in the Old Testament, it still speaks volumes about the world we live in today, and that includes the people living in it as well. In all of our lives, I believe that we are endlessly pursuing certain things. It really differs from person to person what these ‘things’ really are, but it can be broadly divided into two main categories, especially for us as Christians. It would be us pursuing either the world and all its riches or Christ and all His riches. It is no doubt that we live in an extremely fast paced and hyper connected world today, and that seems to take a toll on our health, not just physically but spiritually as well. Everything has to be done quick, it has to be done well, and so often we try to hit the gold standard and the mark of perfection with our own strength and we don’t realize that we have missed out big time on the things that God has originally intended for us because we did not spend enough time quieting our spirits down to hear what He has to say amidst all the hustle and bustle of our lives.
In Haggai 1, the Lord told His people that even though they were constantly seeking and pursuing a comfortable life, they had come to realize that no matter how much they worked, no matter how much they tried, they did not gain much and were constantly living in insufficiency, all because they got their priorities wrong. You see, God holds our future in His hands, and the thing is this: That future and hope that He holds in His Hands is the best there is, it’s a perfect and good plan that He has for your life which He wants you to have so you can live out your life as a blessed child of the Almighty. But sometimes, insecurity gets to us, and it causes us to fear for our future with all its uncertainties. Today, God is telling you this – Don’t leave His house in ruins and scurry to try and build your own houses to dispel your sense of insecurity, because it doesn’t work like that. The Word of God says that unless God builds the house, the builders labor in vain. So in the same way, really take some time to align and realign yourself with what God wants you to do and not get caught up in what you think you ought to do.
When we seek to build God’s Kingdom first, He will be the One to cause the increase. Not only that, the plans that He has for you will also be worked into motion and brought from Heaven to earth, all beginning the moment you choose to set your priorities right to build God’s House before yours. Therefore, make the conscious choice to put God above all that you have. Sure, it may seem like you are losing time, that you may be losing resources when you put them into the Kingdom but one thing is for sure: God is faithful, and He will never let those who love Him be put to shame.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness that never ceases to amaze me. Lord, we know that You have a great and wonderful plan for each and every one of us, a plan that is both good and perfect, so Father, we pray that in all things, may we always put You as the number one priority in our lives. That even when the world brings fear to cloud our vision, we can still know that You are here with us and You will be the One to see us through into Your promises. We praise You for all the works You have done in our lives and we thank You that when we work to build Your Kingdom, You will cause the ruins in our lives to come back to life. All honor, praise and glory be to Your Name forever, Lord Jesus. In Your Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.