Our destiny—an eternal kingdom. God’s family of families constitutes a kingdom; all persons in this kingdom have their honor located completely in Christ their King and boast in the glory of God. God is the source of every blessing, all honor and glory, every grace. – Werner Mischke
I loved reading the end of Zephaniah, I am sure Zephaniah loved sharing this promise with the people. It never happened in their lifetime but it must have encouraged many who were following God.
Then God said:
“Here’s what I want you to do:
Climb into the hills and cut some timber.
Bring it down and rebuild the Temple.
Do it just for me. Honor me. – Haggai 1:8 MSG
Then we move into Haggai and find this lethargic group, who when God speaks, find themselves too busy to do what He asks. He lays the blueprint down so they can choose to honour Him and they deny Him that honour.
This is me and so many others I know – are we not more careful about our own comfort than about the things of God? Am I not running after what will move me ahead in life, even the honours of this world, as opposed to reaching out to those who have yet engaged with God? It is a strong challenge for sure.
I’ve matched your tight-fisted stinginess by decreeing a season of drought, drying up fields and hills, withering gardens and orchards, stunting vegetables and fruit. Nothing—not man or woman, not animal or crop—is going to thrive. – Haggai 1:11 MSG
I love that God does not leave me where I am – He finds ways to get my attention. It is quite a simple formula, if you will – to enjoy the blessings of God, I do not neglect the God of all blessing and I obey His will.