Haggai is sandwiched toward the end of the minor prophets and is considered one of the least-read books of the Bible. Yet, it deals with important historical matters and has many application points for every believer.
At the outset, the Lord is asking the question, “Why has the temple still not been rebuilt?” The people of Israel had been guilty of procrastination. Much like the other minor prophets, the people were called to repent of their disobedience and live for the Lord. In verse 12, we begin to see that happen: they obeyed and moved forward.
This chapter reminds me of 1 Corinthians 3:
For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it…
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:9-13, 16–17
They were building God’s temple. Now, through Christ, we ARE God’s Temple. Are you procrastinating your obedience to the Lord? What have you put off that shouldn’t wait any longer? Bible reading? Prayer? Fasting? Sharing the gospel with a friend? Taking the mission trip? Doing that act of kindness that God put on your heart a while ago?
May the Lord find us faithful as we leave spiritual procrastination behind.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor