What Can We Learn from Haggai?
Haggai may only take up a couple chapters in the Bible, but we can learn a lot from this prophet and from his message.
First, we learn that God can use our past experiences to help deter others from making the same mistakes. Haggai witnessed the Babylonians destroying Jerusalem and also returned with its inhabitants, only to find they would not fully obey God. Just like their fathers who had come before them.
He stops them short in their path and reminds them what happens when they disobey. He essentially says, “Look at me. I have seen with my own eyes what transpires when people don’t obey God’s commands. Don’t be like me. Don’t let history repeat itself.”
Second, we learn to trust God’s voice alone.
Satan hates restoration. He’ll do whatever he can to stop it. In the case of Haggai, he used the foreign powers to deter the progress of rebuilding the temple. The foreign enemies and Satan knew full well what would happen if God’s glory returned to the temple. Not only would Israel prosper in a physical sense, but in a spiritual sense as well.
In the same way, Satan will try to deter us from helping lead others to Christ, preventing the Holy Spirit from entering the temples of the hearts of men (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), or impeding us from restoring our relationship with God, healing our temple. He will use whatever means necessary to intimidate us.
During those times, we must listen to God’s voice alone. We must turn to Scripture and remember God’s power and promises. No power on this earth can separate us from him (Romans 8:38-39), and therefore, we must press on.
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