Haggai 1:1-2:23 / Revelation 11:1-19 / Psalm 139:1-24 / Proverbs 30:15-16  

Standout verse:

Haggai 1:3-6

“Then the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses and this temple to lie in ruins?  Now, therefore says the Lord of hosts, “Consider your ways! You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but you don’t have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

It’s easy to wake up to find ourselves running on life’s treadmill, exhausted and burned out wondering why we have nothing to show for it.  Our relationships (namely marriage, parenting, friendships) are stressed, our tempers are running extra short, our finances are lean, our earnings seem to disappear before we ever have a chance to enjoy them.  We end up pushed into a corner asking, “how did I get here, has God forgotten me, doesn’t He see me?”

When we experience this, we have 2 choices.  One choice is to accept that God has forgotten us, that our lives are hopeless, that nothing we can do will ever work or be good enough.  This kind of thinking is based on a fabrication – a lie – marketed and promoted by the father of lies, Satan.  He loves it when he can get people to decide to believe that God has forgotten them and that they are doomed to a life of hopelessness and fruitless labor. 

THE OTHER CHOICE IS TO STOP AND ASK OURSELVES A KEY QUESTION: How is my walk with the Lord going?  What is the true condition of our relationship?  Have I forgotten Him in the business and striving of my life?  Is it me, not Him who has gotten me into this cycle of craziness?  Could it be that He is good and wants to speak to me, lead me and fill me up to do the things He’s calling me to do….but I haven’t been listening?

Once these questions have truly been asked WITH A YIELDED AND HONEST HEART AND MIND, we can quickly make our way back to Him and get back on track.  When we allow Him to set our priorities and do the things He leads us to do (as opposed to all the “extras” we impose on ourselves which wear us out and steal our joy), PROACTIVELY AND EXPECTANTLY SPEND TIME WITH HIM, allow Him to fill us with His truth, peace and strength, and set our relationship with Him back in the center of our lives, we will realize that sanity and peace will return.  The business and craziness of life will be replaced by the simplicity of His peace and the focus of those things most important to Him.