Sunday Rest and Reflection: “Priorities”

September 27th, 2009

Dear friends,

Greetings on this another day of rest and reflection concerning all God has done.  Last Sunday night was marked by a deluge of rain that brought some trouble to our church building.  We were replacing the roof and doing needed repairs, when about 5 inches of rain fell in a short time.  We had felt roofing material on the roof, but it did not protect it from the heavy rain and we ended up with water inside the building.  Many came to help with the clean-up.  I am thankful that our church family pulls together in times of difficulty and redirects their priorities to help with our church building.

As I reflect on what God is saying through this time, I feel that He is gently reminding us of our priorities.  Haggai, the last minor prophet we looked at this week, delivered a message from God about priorities. (Haggai 1:7-8)   People are God’s priority, and He wants us to seek the lost.  (Luke 19:10) Building His temple brings Him honor and He delights in each new ‘living stone’ that is added.  We must be careful to assess our own lives and even our own church priorities.  Are we spending more time on ourselves than on God’s priorities?  Does it seem like we have a purse with holes in it?  Are our crops ‘short’ because God is wanting to get our attention? Could it be that He is hindering our efforts because our priorities are misplaced?

God’s  people listened and obeyed Haggai.  (Haggai 1:12)  The people feared the Lord and heeded the word from Him.  God then stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, the governor, and he and the people of God began to work again on the house of the Lord!  God declared that He would be with them and would bless them as they again worked. This looks like the standard ‘formula’ for revival in action!

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no  rain, or command the locusts to devour the land or send a plague among My people, if My people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2nd Chronicles 7:13-14

As God’s people, let’s be about the Lord’s business.  Let’s seek to humble ourselves and pray and seek His face.  He promises forgiveness and blessing!  Have a great week of right priorities!  Jesus is coming soon!  The Glory of this temple will be greater than the former!

In His Love, Pastor John

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