When we’re willing to wait for long periods, it says something about our desires and priorities. Unfortunately, from time to time, the things we put first aren’t in line with God’s purposes, and our lives get off track. When this happens, it’s easy to find ourselves miles away from God before we realize we were headed the wrong direction.
How can we get in line with what God wants for us? Haggai 1:2-13 helps us understand how to align our lives with God’s priorities. The story in this passage reveals how God helped a group of people change their selfish motives and put His goals first.
To profess I’m a Christian is to say, along with the Old Irish prayer, “Thou and Thou only, first in my heart” (Be Thou My Vision). It’s easy to recite these lines from the famous hymn, but to live it every day is an altogether different matter. That God is first means that when I talk on the phone, it’s for Him. When I eat a burger with friends, it’s for Him. When I make the commute to work, it’s for Him. All I do is for the sake of His glory, and only for myself insomuch as I’m moved to delight more fully in Him. God is the giver of all that’s good. Let’s be people of action, obediently using every tool He places in our hands for the sake of building His Kingdom.
- Take a moment to think about all the good things in your life. Are you using God’s glorious cedars to panel your own walls (Hag. 1:4), or is your heart set on using all the good things God has given you to serve others and, ultimately, Him?
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