Today’s scripture selection: Haggai
Key verses: Haggai 1:4-8
It was time to rebuild the temple. It had been destroyed, years before, and permission had been given for it to be rebuilt. Those who had been exiled had a chance to return to their homeland and their God.
But the building project had stalled. For over fifteen years, nothing had been done. Apathy – or the wrong priorities – had taken their toll.
Then a prophet of God named Haggai came along. And this is what he said:
“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” 5Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thoughts to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD.
I especially like that part about people who “earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” Thousands of years after those words were spoken – I can picture some I know who never seem to be satisfied; never seem to be at peace; never seem to have enough. Haggai speaks to them, and to us, as much as he ever spoke to his own people.
Our priorities speak volumes about who we are. And, for the person of faith, God’s priorities and call are at the top of the list.
Prayer: Lord, may I always order my “to-do” list according to your desires and purpose for me. AMEN.