THE WORD FOR TODAY
Haggai 1-2 (Click to Read Today’s Word at Biblegateway.com)
Truth for Today
Haggai 1:7-8 Thus says the Lord of hosts; “Consider your ways! Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,” says the Lord.
Greensburg, KS is starting over because a tornado blew everything away. There wasn’t a building left standing. They had to totally rebuild their city. Where do they start? What is their first building? Truly this was their most difficult question in life.
After reading the book of Haggai I know where I would start…the church. Haggai challenged a people who knew the meaning of devastation to rebuild His house…the temple. This issue wasn’t that it was the temple…it was a powerful symbol of their devotion to Him. They were more concerned about their paneled houses than with the temple. His message was to consider their ways and begin rebuilding the temple.
He was really calling them to greater devotion. We all know that a building with no devotion is absolutely useless.
The very first building I would rebuild is the church in Greensburg, KS. What a powerful symbol of faith in the midst of devastation. But it’s not just about a building…it’s about a relationship with God. It’s about His desire to bless and sustain His people. Neglecting that relationship with God has a high price tag…a very high price tag.
Today maybe we need to consider our ways…search our hearts and make sure that our devotion is where it should be and must be.
Father, as we consider our ways today may we be found faithful to your call upon our life…may our devotion be strong…may our love for you be full…and may your grace consume our life...IN JESUS NAME…AMEN!!!