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Consider This

Consider This

27 September 2009

Scripture:

18 “On this eighteenth day of December—the day when the foundation of the Lord’s Temple was laid—carefully consider this: 19 I am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn, before you have harvested your grain and before the grapevine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have produced their crops. From this day onward I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:18-19 NLT)

Haggai was one of only about four authors of prophetic books of the Bible whose message the people heeded – others being Jonah, many years before in Nineveh, and Zechariah and Malachi, Haggai’s contemporaries in Jerusalem. Haggai’s recorded prophetic ministry only lasted fifteen weeks, from August 29 to December 18 of the second year of King Darius’s reign. During that time he recorded only five prophetic messages to the returned exiles, on August 29, September 21, October 17, December 18 (2 messages).

Thoughts from Haggai:

• It’s not always quantity or longevity that counts with God. It’s also timeliness, accuracy, and simple obedience that’s important.
• God is interested in process as well as production. As soon as the people responded with changed values and priorities, God began to speak approval to them.
• God blesses the first step of obedient faith as well as the last step of completion. God said, “From the day you laid the foundation of the Temple, I began to bless you.”
• The size of the project or achievement is relative when it comes to God’s approval and blessing. God approved the construction of a much smaller Temple by Zerubbabel and Jeshua under adverse circumstances just as he approved the construction of the first Temple by wealthy, powerful Solomon.
• No need to compare with what others have done or are doing. Be responsive and obedient to what God is saying to us here and now. Act in obedient faith and be prepared to receive God’s blessing.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for little books of the Bible with clear messages as well as big books with clear messages. Thanks for reminding me that you can bless the process as well as the product if we’re obeying your word to us. I will obey your word for today and trust your grace for tomorrow. Amen.

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