September 16, 2021

SEEK GOD TO BE BLESSED - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The blessed word that  God  has  given  for  you  today  is  from the book of  Haggai  1:6 , “You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but you are not satisfied. You drink but you are still thirsty. You put on clothes but cannot keep yourself warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting in pockets filled with holes.”

From the above context we come to know, what happened during the time of prophet Haggai. The Jews actually returned from the Babylonian captivity, under the leadership of Zerubbabel.  At first the Hebrews had been anxious to re-establish their religious tradition. They set up the altar of burnt offerings and laid the foundations of the temple. But soon they became discouraged due to opposition, so the work of restoration was suspended. 

Prophet Haggai encouraged the people to resume their work on the house of God. But gradually selfish materialism corroded their hearts, and they were more concerned for personal ambitions than the Lord’s interest.  They actually neglected the building of God’s house, that they may have more time, and money for worldly affairs. Many good works that had been intended regarding the building of temple, was badly neglected as people considered that the proper time had not come to build the temple. Thus they shirked off their responsibility. 

Thus even today believers let slip opportunities of usefulness and sinners delay, the concerns, of their souls.   If we labour for the meat that perishes, we are in fear, of losing our labour. That is why Haggai says, You have planted much, but bring in little. You eat much but you are never satisfied. There is much drinking, and not to exhilarate. You put on clothes but you cannot keep yourself warm. As long as sin lasted, so long the punishment. As a result Gods appointment in nature to satisfy, to gladden, and to warm, failed of its effect. Hence it is better and wiser to seek to be blessed by God, who bestowed, on us all things. The Bible says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. God bless you.  

Prayer:  Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. Thank you Lord for telling us that all our labour will be in vain, if we labour for the meat that perishes. Lord let not selfish materialism corrode our hearts.  But teach us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, so that we may inherit the blessings of God.  

 In Jesus name we pray. 

Amen. 

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