In Haggai 1:1-9, the people have left God’s temple in ruins. Yet, they manage to put up fancy panels in their own homes. The passage goes on to say that they sow much, yet reap little; eat but aren’t satisfied; clothe themselves and still aren’t warm.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve felt all these things: Working so hard but feeling as if I’m just spinning my wheels; binge eating junk food, yet always craving more; putting on layers of clothes but still feeling a chill so deep I can’t stop shivering.
Twice, the passage says: “Reflect on your experience!” Both times with an exclamation point. This is the point in our own motherhood where we’d put our kids in Time Out for not heeding our warnings when doing something wrong.
So, what’s the connection between Haggai’s time and now? How does this passage pertain to us in 2020? Our churches are beautiful with stained glass windows and cushions on the kneelers. There’s no need to rebuild God’s temple today, or is there?