Hey Guy! Hey Gal!
We’re looking back at the book of Haggai which we walked through on Sunday. The book details God’s call to the sojourners who had been in the exile and had returned to rebuild the temple of God. The problem was, when they encountered strong opposition to their rebuilding efforts, they became discouraged and stopped the work. God sent Haggai to prompt the people to begin the work again.
True to His character, God points out the issue that was holding them back. Though there had been opposition, what God addresses is the fact that they were busy with their own homes, and even had paneled homes, while God’s house was in ruins (Haggai 1:3,9). Amazingly, the people obey the voice of the Lord and rise up and begin the work again.
God encourages them, reminds them His Spirit goes with them, and tells them to keep working to complete the temple, which they eventually do. He also promises to bring greater glory in the future compared to the present glory or the glory the temple once had.
Personally, I was very encouraged by the book of Haggai as I think it’s a beautiful picture that shows God using His Word, in this case through the mouth of Haggai, to restore, challenge, convict, and transform His people towards His goals.
I’m grateful to be on this journey with you, NewLife family,
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