|Old city wall, Jerusalem|
Haggai 1:9 continues the message: "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why, declares the Lord Almighty. Because of my house which remains in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house."
The Lord spoke to one man - Haggai. And Haggai spoke to some of the older men... men who could still remember what the old temple looked like before its destruction.These men then motivated others, and the people began rebuilding the temple 23 days after Haggai's first message from God. The completed the foundation within 3 months. And, God immediately blessed them. Haggai 2:9 states the blessing from God:
"The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house... And in this place I will grant peace.." God is so good; even though we disappoint Him frequently, He blesses us when we obey. (He could have waited until the temple was completed, but He sent His blessings when just the foundation was done.).
Hundreds of years later, the apostle Paul wrote a letter to Timothy, encouraging him to always do his best for the Lord. Paul's message remains appropriate for each of us today. Give God your best. Allow Him to shape you into an excellent worker as you seek to please Him. Make Him the foundation of all that you do: "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his, and, everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.' In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." (II Timothy 2:19-21 NIV)
Is God your foundation?