The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1-2 - The Lord Of Hosts
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This passage establishes the idea that repentance, which is forsaking your views in exchange for God’s instruction, will both please and glorify the Lord. The most direct path to resolving our disobedience is to identify the Lord’s instruction regarding a matter and immediately do what is written in the word of God.
Frequently, in the Bible, our response to what God said coincides with the idea of “going up.” That is, in our state of disobedience, we have assumed a position at the bottom. And not in the sense of humility and lowliness, but rather in rebellion and obstinance.
That being said, there exist segments of societies that, at least superficially, enjoy being rebellious. They have decided this anti-God attitude, along with all its consequences, is their lot in life. This reality endures in varying degrees, from the lost soul who hates God to the carnal Christian satisfied with their carnality. It has become feasible to exist in this state of mind as the world around us labors exhaustively to remove the consequences of sin. In varying degrees, sin is made to appear wonderful, even going so far as to create philosophical ideas that identify the sinner as a victim. This victim mentality is intensified when the consequences of their sin are made manifest. The tension produces a continual battle in which the world around us departs harder and further from reality, hoping their departure therefrom will be inconsequential.
Their deliberate withdrawal from their God results in lives dominated by mass confusion, violence, crime, perversion, addiction, depression, and degradation. These are fully conscious agents who make choices, but their dreamy expectations are that these choices must come with no consequences. They are dumbfounded when they find this impossible. The Lord created the world so that righteousness (as God defines righteousness) is rewarded and unrighteousness ( as God defines unrighteousness) is painful. The Bible says: Proverbs 13:15 (KJV) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Nevertheless, the world around us chooses to forgo good understanding in exchange for the way of the transgressor, but they become angry when they discover transgression naturally comes with repercussions. They believe themselves fighting against systemic problems within institutions when, in fact, they are fighting against the natural order of reality as established by God himself. Thus, self-destructive behavior patterns are those that individuals choose to live out in direct conflict with God’s word. The end result of these chosen lifestyles is plain to see for those who have a close relationship with the Bible. Still, for lives of autogenous rebellion - they deny agency and responsibility when it appears convenient to do so. Imagine a world in which the murderer, the thief, the liar, are all considered victims. The people they prey upon are just unfortunate by-standards of behavior that is beyond control. In a world of this sort, evil men and seducers comfortably wax worse and worse, consoled by the idea that they are the actual victims.
Well then, the Lord raised up men like myself to confront such ungodly ideas. Repentance is the solution. For the most part, you chose your current state of being; why not choose a different one? Choose a life that is in agreement with God’s word! Turn away from decisions that caused you to scrape along the bottom of society and choose instead to move in the direction of upward mobility. In the Bible, the idea of abandoning our current state of disobedience in exchange for obedience to God’s word is regarded as “going up.” But this upward mobility does not come easy; consistency is required, but it is no less complex than staying where we are. The significant difference is the reward that comes when we know our upward trek through obedience, pleases God, and gives him glory!
Haggai 1:7-8 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. 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.
The Lord ends this passage with clear instruction, which will lead his people to please and glorify the Lord. If we were to keep our relationship with God this simple, imagine what we could accomplish spiritually. Just read your Bible, find some clear instruction, and do that - the result will be God is pleased and glorified.
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