“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.
Haggai 1:8 NIV
Back in 2020, as the pandemic was increasing, cruise ships were banned from Canadian Arctic waters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following that ban, most pleasure craft were also banned. Transport Canada defines pleasure craft as a boat, ship or any other watercraft that is used exclusively for pleasure and does not carry passengers or goods for payment.
Marc Garneau, Canada’s minister of transport, said that he introduced these measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in remote and vulnerable Arctic communities.
The Creation story at the beginning of Genesis records that at the end of each day, the Lord looked at all He had created and declared that it was good. God took great pleasure in what he had created, and that was particularly so when He created Adam and Eve – in that He was greatly pleased! There is much that brings God pleasure and the prophet records this in Haggai 1:8: “’Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,’ says the Lord.” After seventy years of captivity in Babylon, the people of Israel had returned to their country and had immediately got to work rebuilding their homes. What they didn’t get to work on was the rebuilding of God’s temple, which had fallen into serious disrepair over the decades. God wanted to dwell among His people and in order for that to happen, the Temple needed to be rebuilt. His pleasure was in being with His people. It still is. God takes pleasure in being with all who love Him and have been redeemed by faith in Jesus Christ. He takes pleasure in you.
These have been words from the heart.