Sometimes when I am very weary, I succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. I do what I have to do, or what’s expected of me, or what I’ve committed to, but I have no mental, emotional or physical energy for anything else. And because Jesus is invisible, gracious and understanding, I allow Him to be slowly eased to a secondary place in my life. I sleep through my prayer time, I turn down new opportunities for service, I become lethargic about the Kingdom of God. I am in survival mode. Or so I think. Which is why Haggai’s message is for me . . . and for you, too, if from time to time, you find you tend to lose your passion for spiritual things.
“So the…Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet . . . They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel…The temple was completed.” –Ezra 6:14-15
“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” —1 Corinthians 15:58