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Revelation 16 [Read]
Godly priority is the core of the transformation every Christian must go through before reaching maturity. A new believer is still worldly, mere infants in Christ (1Cor 3:1), and he must become spiritual by changing his priority of life. The self has to yield to the Lord, and sinful desire must be replaced by godly longing. Then, he may have “the mind of Christ” (1Cor 2:16). This is a life-long process for Christians.
Haggai prophesied such godly priority, or lack of it, to the returned remnant. “Give careful thought to you ways” (Hag 1:5, 7). Almost 20 years after their return from Babylon, the temple of God still remained a ruin (1:4, 9). People were busy in building their own paneled houses (1:4), and they were getting comfortable with their new life. The initial zeal they had while laying the foundation (Ezra 3) quickly dissipated due to the resistance of their neighbors (Ezra 4). Such selfish priority displeased God, and the result was that “you have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.” (1:6).
Such depletion of blessings was not what God had in mind for his people. God meant for this people to rejoice in his glory. “I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory” said the LORD almighty (2:7). With such glory which was greater than before, God shall grant peace (2:9). Even though they might not see it now, even though the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree had not borne fruit, from this day on God shall bless his people (2:19). As long as God’s people align their priority with that of the Kingdom, they need not be afraid. The peace shall come.
Reading Haggai is very convicting to me. We can recite fluently “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6:33), but our priority is still mostly about our “paneled houses”. On this Christmas day, the day of peace, let us again give careful thoughts to our ways. May His will be done in us as it is in heaven. Amen.
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