A Time to Act
Daily Bible Reading – Haggai 1, 2; Psalm 129; Luke 10
Today’s Key Passage – Haggai 1:1-2:5
Yesterday we saw how the opposition facing the Jews caused them to temporarily stop rebuilding the temple. In today’s reading, over 15 years had elapsed and the people of Jerusalem had still not gone back to the construction project. Instead of building the temple, the Jews spent their time building their own houses, and they rationalized their lack of service by saying that it was not yet time to work on the temple. (1:3) Fortunately, the prophet Haggai received a word from the Lord that would spark the Jews into action. He told them that it was time to get back to work, and after 15 years of delays the people of Jerusalem went back to work only 23 days after hearing Haggai’s message.
Many times, we all know what God wants us to do, but we fail to act. We might receive direction from him in our prayer time, while reading His Word, or when listening to a powerful message at church, but then we quickly forget about it or delay actually getting started. While it is important that we wait for God’s timing and prayerfully move forward only when He tells us to, it is equally important that when we know His direction we act swiftly and decisively. Do not allow yourself to rationalize delays when God tells you it is time to act. Instead, listen to His words in Haggai 2:4 - “Be strong…and work. For I am with you.”
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Posted on September 27, 2012, in 37 - Haggai and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Service, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.