Words from the Heart for Thursday November 24th, 2016
You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses.
Haggai 1:9 (NLT)
Building the Right Things
When God’s people returned to their land, they began building a house for the Lord, but were quickly distracted by their own needs, which soon turned into luxuries. Meanwhile, God’s temple remained in ruins. Have you been distracted by other priorities and forgotten the Lord? Are you maintaining biblical priorities in your life?
In Canada’s home building industry, each party involved in construction has certain responsibilities. Owners have overall responsibility for their projects which includes determining what will be built, meeting laws, and choosing reputable advisors and builders. Designers have responsibility for producing functional working drawings and specifications that comply with applicable law and reflect owners’ requirements; they may also perform site reviews for the owner. General contractors have responsibility for overall construction, including buying, scheduling, workmanship, and management of subcontractors and suppliers. Subcontractors have responsibility for their portion of the work (mechanical, electrical, drywall, excavation, etc.). Manufacturers have responsibility for supplying products that meet both their advertised specifications and applicable standards. Standards development organizations have responsibility for producing reliable, useable standards. And governments are responsible for the development of and compliance to building codes.
The Bible tells us that God is a jealous God. He is jealous for us, wanting a relationship with us and longing for us to turn our hearts towards Him and follow Him. Jealous that He has first place in our lives. It has always been so. In the Hebrew Scriptures the Lord says this through the prophet in Haggai 1:9: “You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses.” The New Testament speaks of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added to that. This is the principle that Haggai lays down here. The people of Israel had been busy in the Promised Land building their homes and harvesting their crops. Meanwhile, God’s temple was in ruins. In this day, the Temple was where God resided. Without the Temple being built, God was not in their midst. And there was no worship taking place. The lives of the people were completely self-focused and self-serving. They hardly gave a thought about God. So they lost what they had. We are called to put God first in everything. We are called to worship Him and declare His glory. When we do we can look forward to the Lord providing His richest blessings.
These have been words from the heart.