In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.” Then the word of the Lord came by the prophet Haggai, saying: “Is it a time for you yourselves to live in your panelled houses, while this house lies in ruins? Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider how you have fared. You have sown much and harvested little; you eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and you that earn wages; earn wages to put them into a bag with holes.
Reflection. J John once said that we live in a world that loves things and uses people but we should love people and use things. The people in the passage have been about things and self satisfaction. Yet have found themselves hungry, cold and wasting money. They certainly have not put God first. Their own homes are panelled (lovely) and they have not bothered to rebuild the Temple. Does putting God first help us to then love our neighbour before ourselves? God not things? God and people.
Many people, who have much, find themselves unfulfilled and dissatisfied. Maybe, just maybe, building the Lord’s house - whatever that might mean for us - might lead to satisfaction. Perhaps we can use building the Lord’s House as a metaphor for building our relationship with God through Jesus. This relationship is satisfaction.
Prayer. Lord Jesus please help me to build a beautiful and panelled relationship with you. Amen.