by Randal Lee
In my secret time with the Lord He began to show me Haggai 1:3-5. "Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 'Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?' Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Give careful thought to your ways.'" The principle material in Jerusalem was stone. In verse 4 we learn that those who wanted to make their houses elaborate installed wood panels. The people of Haggai's time were making their homes elegant, reviving royal residences and the Holy Temple itself.
There are many times that our relationship with God is just lying in ruins because we want to do what is comfortable for us at the moment. At times we even make excuses and we say, "Well, it's just not time for me to make a change", just like the people of Haggai's time said that they didn't feel like the time was right to build the temple. It is time for all of us to take a reality check just as Jesus made these people realize what their true priorities were in their lives. Let's not get off track from God. I pray for whoever reads this that your eyes are opened and you begin to reevaluate your walk with God to be sure that your priorities are right before Him. We can get so caught up in going through the motions of church that we forget the reason behind it all. Christ died on a cross to show us: 1) How to die ourselves; 2) How live again. We can't do either of those things without going through the Lord Jesus Christ.
This story also reminds me of Matthew 6:33, "But Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you." I believe this verse is literally what the Lord wants to get us back to, just as he did in the lives of the people in Haggai's Time.
Think About! Nothing else matters but seeking Him and the delight of finding that intimacy with Jesus.
Randal is a Youth Evangelists, who has a call to ignite a passion for Jesus in the youth of the nations.
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