October 18, 2016

Read Haggai 2:1-9

I remember so vividly the destruction of the church sanctuary where I grew up  when I was about 12 years old. It happened just weeks after the completion of our new church building.  Somehow, because of faulty wiring, a fire began that filled the entire structure. The tragedy was devastating to our congregation, but with the optimistic spirit and encouragement of our pastor, work was immediately begun to transform the church into an even more beautiful place of worship. 

After the building was complete, a revival broke out, and the church began to grow.  The new church building was accompanied by spiritual renewal in the livesof God’s people.  S.S. enrollment grew to over 3,000, and soon after, in a revival service, 300 people experienced rebirth ingiving their hearts to the Lord. Tragedy was somehow transformed into a blessing - brought on by the encouragement of a loving pastor with a vision of hope.  

Haggai encouraged his people as well.  But, he also reminded them that physical reconstruction of the temple had to be accompanied by spiritual renewal.

“ The Lord says, ... now get to work, for I am with you ... my spirit remains among you, just as I have promised ...Do not be afraid.  Haggai 2: 4-5.” (NLT)