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The glory of the latter house!

Scripture reading for September 26th: Haggai 1-2

Have you ever struggled with priorities?  Mary and I had just about gotten our children through college and the last one was ready to get married.  We were enjoying our first senior pastorate in Washington State and an empty nest.  We loved to go out on my day off and go antiquing and sight-seeing in that beautiful state.  Then God spoke to us through a missionary and our friends about enlarging our family by adoption.  To be honest, that choice did not initially look like something we wanted to do.  We wrestled with it for some time, before becoming settled on the Lord’s will and priority for our lives.

Haggai was speaking to people who had chosen to come back from Babylon and rebuild the Temple and Jerusalem.  Initially, these people had the right priority but began to focus on themselves, their own houses, and family needs.  They neglected the house of the Lord!  (Haggai 1:2-4)

“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.”  “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains, and bring down timber and build a house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.” (Haggai 1:5-8)

They had gotten their focus onto themselves and their houses and neglected God’s house!  God was gently reminding them of their priorities.  If we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, everything we need will be added to us.  If we try to grab what we need, even what we have will be lost!  (Matthew 6:33)

A great shaking is coming!  (Haggai 2:6)  God is going to shake the earth, sea, and all the nations of the earth.  The ‘desired of the nations’ (Jesus Christ) is coming and will fill this later house with glory! “”The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:9)  Take time to reorder your priorities today, putting God’s house in first place!

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