READ : Haggai 1:1-15
“Give careful thought to your ways.” (v. 7 NIV)
A generation of baby boomers is about to retire and collect the benefits of the American economy—they hope! They have worked, paid off mortgages, and hopefully saved up enough. They have consulted financial managers and estate planners to calculate if their retirement bundles will run out. The Boomers are about to discover whether “the system” works.
In Haggai’s day, “the system” was much the same: work, build, save. Put up houses, retire, and relax. Haggai’s message, however, was that one important piece had been ignored. God’s house—the temple—had not been rebuilt. God had no place to live, so to speak.
Fortunately, leaders who heard Haggai’s message rallied the people to begin the temple. That’s good news—leaders and laborers together getting the job done. Then better news followed: God would once again dwell with the people and bless their farmlands and homes. What sweet reciprocation.
Will the Baby Boom generation be generous with God’s work, supporting missionaries, churches, and relief agencies? Or will the billions they’ve saved all be spent on golfing, travel, and grandkids? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone cared as much about God’s work as we do about our financial security? What better security is there than the promise of God to be with us? And what better use of retirement than to build God’s “house”?
Lord, may my whole life bring you glory.