Take a moment to open this time in prayer. Ask God to bless you as you read and reflect on the text.
Read Haggai Chapter One
In the time of the book of Haggai the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem from their Babylonian exile. After their return the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt but not the temple in Jerusalem. Instead the people built fine houses for themselves and took care of their own needs first (verse 4). The Lord through the Prophet Haggai confronted the people on their outlook and attitude. While we do not have a physical temple to build many people get caught up in the concerns of this world and the comforts of this world. The temptation for us is to spend more time focusing on our houses, jobs and comforts instead of spending time focusing on building up our relationship with God. The words of Haggai should also challenge us today to reflect and examine our own life so that we might have a clear understanding of our true priorities and then change them if necessary.
Please use the following questions for more reflection.
How much time do you spend on your job, house or personal pleasures? How much time do you spend on your relationship with God? Are these times out of balance?
What distracts you from spending time with God? How can you minimize those distractions?
After reading Haggai Chapter One what do you think Haggai would say to you about what you are truly building?
Closing - Use the prayer below to end the devotion or close in prayer in your own words.
Gracious Heavenly Father, even though Haggai prophesied long ago to different people his words still apply to life today. Forgive me Lord if I have been distracted by the cares of this world instead of focusing on building up my relationship with you. Help me to minimize the distractions in my life so that I might spend more time with you and understanding your ways. Amen.