“Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”
Haggai 1:4 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Haggai 1:4 (NLT) — 4 Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?
Haggai 1:4 (NIV) — 4 Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?
Haggai 1:4 (MSG) — 4 How is it that it’s the ‘right time’ for you to live in your fine new homes while the Home, God’s Temple, is in ruins?
Thoughts of Devotion:
In the times of Haggai there was a very serious problem within the people of God. In that time there was a temple of worship that was abandoned and destroyed. The upkeep of the temple had been placed aside, and the people were edifying their own homes. God demanded that they change their direction and return once more to buiding his house. Haggai 1:2 declares, “Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built.”
I believe today the situation can be very similar in theses days we live in. It is possible that there are believers today that have fallen in a place where the care for the work of God is no longer important, or a priority. What takes place is what Philippians 2:21 tells us,”For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” This danger can happen to us, of losing the passion for his work! It could cause us to no longer have the house of the Lord, the call of God, the sacred things of the Lord as a priority.
We must ask ourselves; do we have the passion for the House of God? Do we possess a fire to raise the work of God? If for some reason we find ourselves tending to our own desires, and not having an attention to the House of God, it is necessary to change. The same question that Haggai asked, God asks us, “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?” (v.4). Let’s pray today that the Lord would light a passion in us for his work and for the ministry. There is great need of men and women that can serve and help establish the work of God. But this will take an unending and lasting passion in our heart to edify his work!
2 Samuel 7:2 (NKJV) — 2 that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”
Haggai 1:9 (NKJV) — 9 You looked for much, but indeed it came tolittle; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?” says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.
Psalms 132:3–5 (NKJV) — 3 Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, Or go up to the comfort of my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for the Lord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.
Philippians 2:21 (NKJV) — 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.
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