Priorities

Haggai 1:1-2:23

Pressures, demands, expectations, and tasks push in from all sides and assault our schedule. Sometimes it feels as though we don’t have time to eat breakfast in the morning. Do this! Be there! Call them! Finish this! It seems as though everyone wants a piece of our time – family, friends, employer, school, church. Soon there is little left to give as we run out of energy and time. We find ourselves rushing through life, attending to the necessary, the imidiate, and the urgent. The important is all too often left in the dust. So many times I find myself dozing off during my quiet time with the Lord, not giving much care to whether or not I give Him my best. Our problem is not the volume of demands or lack of scheduling skills, but values -what is truly important to us.
Our values and priorities are reflected in how we use our resources – time, money, strength, talent. Often our actions don’t match our words. We say God is number one, but then relegate him to a lesser number on our “to do” lists.
Twenty-five centuries ago, a voice was heard, calling men and women to the rigth priorities. Haggai was a prophet of the Lord who knew what needed to be done, and challenged God’s people to respond.
The armies of babylon had destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem- God’s house and symbol of His presence. About 50 years after the Temple was destroyed the Jews returned to jerusalem and began rebuilding the Temple. But soon they forgot their purpose and lost their priorities, as opposition and apathy brought the work to a standstill. The people were more concerned with their own needs than with doing God’s will, and, as a result, they suffered. Haggai delivered a message, calling them back to God’s values. His message became a catalyst for finishing the work on the Temple.
Read the book of Haggai and listen to the Lord urging you to reorder your priorities in accordance with His will. What has God told you to do?? Put all else aside and obey Him!!

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