FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Consider now from this day forward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day that the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid – consider it. Is the seed still in the barn? As yet the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yielded fruit. But from this day I will bless you.
All of us are looking for increase, especially in the area of finances. Face it, life is a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about money. In today’s scripture, the prophet Haggai is giving a word from the Lord to the exiles who had returned to Jerusalem from the Babylonian captivity. The Babylonian captivity was a very difficult season for the jewish nation, it had all come upon them because of bad decisions that flowed out of cold hearts having departed from the Lord. The Lord brought them back to their land after seventy years with clear instructions to rebuild His temple in Jerusalem. Upon their return, they ignored the instruction of the Lord and gave their attention to the building of their own houses, things continued to go badly. After receiving correction from Haggai, they gave the their attention to the construction of God’s house. This is where the awesome word came into play, “From this day, I will bless you”. What day was he referring to, the day they turned their attention to the work of God.
How has it been for you recently? Before the jews turned to the Lord, the Lord had brought blight, mildew, and hail upon them, not very good. Do you feel like you have been going through one of those “blight, mildew, and hail” seasons?
What has your relationship been like with the Lord? How about your relationship to your local church?
In the Old Testament times the Lord revealed His manifest Glory from within His temple, in these last days the Lord has chosen to reveal Himself through the local church. This is God’s plan for reaching the world today, the local church is His only plan. When you turn your heart, your gifts, your work, and your finances to the support of your local church, you qualify for Haggai’s word from the Lord. “From this day, the day you turned your heart to the house of God, I will bless you”.