Cause and Effect

Haggai 1:7-8 “‘Go up into the mountain and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.'” (Haggai 1:7-8)  and “…From this day I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:19)

Meditation

Balance is difficult to achieve.  Good things happen to bad people.  Bad things happen to good people. Inconsistency clouds judgment and compromises our priorities.  However, sometimes cause and effect align directly.  

In 586-BC, God punished Israel by allowing the Babylonians to destroy the Temple in Jerusalem.  In 538 BC, God opened doors through King Cyrus for select Jews to return to Jerusalem to begin rebuilding the Temple.  After 15yrs, the returning Jews had become divided and distracted by enemies who did not want to see Jerusalem strengthened.  Progress was stalled by determined opposition.  God’s people had lost purpose and initiative (Ezra 4).  Haggai refocused his fellow Jews.  He reset their priorities and turned their attention to God’s perspective.  God desired to dwell with his people. The people responded.  They rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed and God, immediately, blessed their effort.

Pressures may distract us. Demands can derail our priorities.  Outside expectations assault well-intended plans.
In God’s timing, sometimes our faithful actions (i.e., cause) do have an immediate effect. What a blessing when we see His hand at work, instantly.

Application

How am I distracted from God’s priorities for my life?  Have I lost my focus and priorities (i.e., God’s focus and priorities) as God’s man with my family, at work and with my peers?  God keep my vision clear, my priorities straight and my actions aligned!

Next Steps

Prayer: Lord, make me focused and undistracted in my role as your man; as a husband to my wife, as a father to my children and a leader with clear focus to my peers.  Sustain and bless my faithful effort.  Allow me to see your power, your blessing and your encouragement in action everyday.