Sometime’s the work of God stops when the Lord never intended for it to stop. Ezra 4:23 says the Jews were made by “force of arms” to stop building the temple. The LORD expected them to press through the opposition and not give in to circumstances. How often do people stop, slow down or change directions in life due to opposition, discouragement or just a because of a desire for something “better?”
After at least a year (probably much more), the prophet Haggai boldly confronts their lack of motivation. He says in Haggai 1:2-5:
"Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: 'This people says, "The time has not come, the time that the LORD's house should be built.” Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!”
The people who were at one time stirred and moved to do the work of God (see Ezra 1:5) had given up. As Haggai and Zechariah began to prophecy they refocused them on the truth of what God had said and “… the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked on the house of the LORD of hosts, their God” (Haggai 1:14).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan