Haggai 2

So the temple is a ruin and they have started building, long path ahead. Will the glory days ever be back? Do our tiny steps to climb an impossibly huge mountain make a difference to God?

Yes, they do!

It makes all the difference in the world. The Israelites have gone from being cursed and defiled to world shakers. Putting a few stones on each other towards the new temple has unleashed god’s plan of love and grace that will embrace all mankind.

God doesn’t need our strength or our achievements, he wants us to seek him. Turn to him. Acknowledge him. This is what the Israelites have done by responding to the call to build the temple, and it makes all the difference in the world.

It’s a hugely encouraging chapter. Do what you can, where you are. Trust and obey, as the song says, god will do the rest.

Lord I thank you for the simplicity of the Christian life, its a great thing knowing someone else is in charge of the big picture.


Haggai 1

Its time!

The remains of the Israelites have been allowed to return to Jerusalem and started to do OK, but Haggai the prophet is stirred up to speak out about the temple.

You’ve made sure you have nice houses, he says, what about god’s?

I love his picture of wages going into a purse with a hole in it, suggesting that they will never feel like they have enough money to build the temple. Some things never change!

And the people respond. We’re in for a temple building! Its a good chapter about listening to the things that stir you up when you are complacent. You should not ignore that voice.

I’m in a sweeter spot than I was a year ago. What does god want of me?