Week of August 7 - Day 3

Day 3—Read: Haggai 2:15-18

 15 Now then, consider from this day onward.[a] Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the Lord, 16 how did you fare? When[b] one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail, yet you did not turn to me, declares the Lord. 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the Lord's temple was laid, consider:

Reflect: What did the prophet want the people to understand?

Consider: “Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.”[1] 

Respond: When have you been discouraged because ministry didn’t produce the results you had hoped for? Looking back honestly, could your own disobedience been at the heart of the ineffectiveness? Is there any area of disobedience in your life now you need to confess to God and make right? Consider how failing to do so might impact your efforts to minister in Christ’s name.

[1]  The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Hag 1:5–6.