Today, life is all about doing things as quickly as possible. Nobody has ‘time’ to relax and enjoy the finer details of life. We just want to get started with doing something and finish it, at lightning speed if possible. The sad part about this is that we tend to repeat this same attitude even in our relationships with people and with our heavenly Father. We seem to have very little or no time to sit in His presence and talk to Him.
Is your prayer time a rush-to-the-finish-line kind of prayer? Do you feel a sudden surge in the level of relief when you finally wrap up your prayers with “… in Jesus name! Amen…”, just to advance on to your next most important activity? Do you set aside your priorities to spend time with Him?
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
God doesn’t want to come into your life, your house, your family, your job, your future, just for a momentary chat. He says in His word that He wants to dine with us. He wants to have a good long relaxed conversation with His child and not a “Hi… bye!” encounter. While the world may celebrate speed, God invites us to hit the brakes, slow down and bask in His presence for a spiritual feast. He yearns for an everlasting fellowship with His children. Make sure you make enough time everyday to dine with your Father in heaven.
“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!
“You have sown much, and bring in little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages,
Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”
Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!
Go up to the mountains and bring wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be glorified,”
says the Lord.
“You looked for much, but indeed it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?”
says the Lord of hosts. “Because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house. Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its fruit.
Here we find God speaking through the prophet Haggai about the ruins of the temple of God. However, as God looks, He sees that the houses of the people are in perfect condition to which He responds with harshness and many of the blessings of the children of Israel are hindered. Isn’t this a similar situation in some of our lives? How is your relationship with God today? Is it in ruins? How much time do you spend with the Lord each day? Or is He kept as the last “to-do” thing of the day?
God is very jealous about His children. He doesn’t like it when He sees that everything related to your worldly matters is kept in order but everything related to Him in disastrous conditions. When your walk with Him is in ruins and shambles, He is hurt and it says here that there are serious consequences to it. If things are not going as per what you had planned in your life, if everything seems to be a standstill in your life today, why not take a moment to analyze your spiritual life?
Does your life need a makeover? Does it need some dusting off and a renovation?
Do it today. Do not wait till tomorrow. He desires to bless His children. His blessings are our inheritance. But when He plays second fiddle in our lives, know and remember that He needs us to place Him first. As Lord Jesus says,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
– Mathew 6:33