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Haggai on Today’s Economy? December 4, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Haggai, Scripture.
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Haggai 1:2-11(English Standard Version)

2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come for the LORD’s house to be built.’ “3 Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: 4 “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the LORD. 9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands.”

The book of Haggai is written at the time when the Jews were returning to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon. One of the tasks of the returning Jews was to rebuild the temple. We see that God has with held good things from his people “because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.”  This really struck me as I think about the ‘ruin’ of today’s church; more entertainment than worship, more pop psychology than God’s wisdom- where to stop? All the while so many of us (I’m guilty but changing) place much concern on our own homes, wealth and families to the neglect of God’s.

I’m not sure why as a Calvinist I have trouble placing God behind the bad and good things that happen in today’s world, a sovereign God obviously controls all. My guess is that I don’t want guess God’s motives or tie worldly blessing too close to God’s real blessings. Yet could this neglect be leading to our current economic woes?

My prayer is that by whatever means used God will bring a revival of true religion to his church.

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