Words from the Heart for Thursday November 25th, 2021

“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 your own house.”

Haggai 1:9 (NIV)

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A Ruin

Back in 2017, a number of Canadian PhD students from the University of Victoria’s archeology department uncovered the oldest settlement in North America. This ancient village was discovered when researchers were searching Triquet Island, an island located about 300 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia. Using carbon dating on the charcoal flakes, the researchers were able to determine that the settlement dates back 14,000 years ago, making it significantly older than the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, which were built about 4,700 years ago.

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We live in a day when people spend time ensuring that they are healthy and in shape. People jog, bike, swim, join a gym and carefully watch their caloric intake. This is all in an effort to live life to the fullest. There is nothing wrong with taking care of our physical health – the Bible tells us that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. But using this analogy, the prophet Haggai makes a great point. The people of Israel had recently returned from the decades long exile in Babylon. They were busy rebuilding their homes and their economy. Haggai 1:9 says, “’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 your own house.’” There was nothing wrong with building their homes – the Lord knew they needed places to live. But they did so while leaving the Temple in ruins. There is nothing wrong with keeping healthy. But you need to spend at least as much time ensuring that your spiritual life is just as healthy. How is that going?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley