This brief prophecy was delivered to a people whose spiritual lives were in decline because they had allowed their priorities to become misplaced. In a series of sharp exhortations, Haggai encouraged them to consider their ways, to take action, and to take heart. This little book provides a strong word to us when we find ourselves discouraged and despondent because of spiritual lethargy.
In his first sermon to the Jewish remnant, Haggai told them that they needed to reorder their priorities. They were more concerned with their own comfort than with their spiritual well-being, and as a consequence, God was withholding His material blessing. Zerubbabel the governor of Judah, Joshua the high priest, and the whole remnant responded to Haggai’s message, and they resumed construction on the temple (1:1-15).
READING of HAGGAI 1
Lord, I thank You for this lesson that when we value the spiritual above the material in our lives, You take care of our material needs. But when we value the material above the spiritual, we not only miss out on the spiritual, but we are never satisfied with the material.
Meditation passage for today: verses 12-13
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