The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 29 July 2019 – Misplaced And Confused Priorities

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TOPIC: Misplaced And Confused Priorities

READ: Haggai 1:1-15 King James Version (KJV)

1 In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,

2 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.

3 Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,

4 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

5 Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

6 Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.

8 Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.

9 Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.

10 Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.

11 And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

13 Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.

14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

15 In the four and twentieth day of the sixth month, in the second year of Darius the king.

THE MESSAGE:

The Jews who returned from captivity in Babylon were not able to complete the repair of the temple. Though they were opposed by surrounding enemies, but after the opposition, they concluded that it was not time to repair the Lord’s temple and so relaxed and concentrated on building and beautifying their individual homes while the house of God was in ruins. God was not pleased.

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We see from verses 5 and 6 that the harder the people worked for themselves, the less they had, the less they were satisfied because they ignored the things of God and their spiritual lives. The same thing applies to us. If we put God first, He will provide our needs, but if we treat Him with indifference or relegate Him to the back, all our efforts will be futile. Psalm 34:9 enjoins us to fear the Lord because those who fear Him lack nothing. If you want to prosper in this life and also enter God’s kingdom, make sure you give God the first position in your life. Matthew 6:33 enjoins us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be ours.

Prayer: Oh Father, please help me to give You priority in all circumstances of my life.