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In this Place I Will Give Peace
Series: Haggai - A Careful Look at the Way We Live
In the last lesson, we reflected on the good ole' days. We were challenged to refrain from glamorizing the past, and instead, put it into an eternal perspective. I think it's easy to forget that every generation has had its own set of problems and no time in history was picture perfect.
As we get right into the next portion of Haggai and see what The Lord has in store for us, let's pray for wisdom and direction.
''Gracious God, we look to You today, to guide us in all truth and discernment. There is so much we do not understand, Lord, but we trust You to open our hearts to receive Your Word and to have the wisdom to comprehend it. Thank you for Your faithfulness, in Jesus' Name.''
*Please read Haggai 2:6-9
Every time I read these verses I feel my heart rate go up a little. The thought of heaven and earth being ''shaken'' seems too incredible for my understanding. What does the Lord mean when He says ''once more I will shake the sea and dry land?''Let's look at some other passages to help widen our view.
*Please read Hebrews 12:25-29, Psalm 16:8, and Matthew 24:29-31
Oh, how I love God's Word! Are you standing in awe of Him right now? The writer of Hebrews tells us that the Lord will shake heaven and earth, but those who will not be moved will remain. That reminds me of the hold hymn, ''On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand…''
What moves us? What things lure us away from standing on the foundation of Christ?
Our culture is overflowing with alternatives to our faith. All around us are distractions vying for our attention and competing for our devotion. It seems to be getting worse by the day. What, in your life, is diverting your eyes from the Lord? What things take up so much of your time, talent, and treasure, you feel like you don't have the energy to invest in your relationship with God?
I know these questions are difficult. We are busy with responsibilities that can't be left undone. But what is at the heart of our day-to-day living?
As the Psalmist said, when God is ever before us, we will not be moved. Sisters, is God always before us in everything we say and do? Are we remaining steadfast in Him? Let us not be moved!
Verse 7 in our Haggai passage mentions the ''Desire of All Nations.'' Jesus Christ is our Desire. It is by Him, for Him and because of Him that we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) Now, some scholars believe the ''desire of all nations'' to mean wealth or precious things. Even so, Jesus is our greatest treasure, worth far more than silver and much more precious than gold.
Here's a question to ponder.: Do we esteem silver and gold more than the Desire of All Nations?
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