Posh houses or Presence?

14 08 2014

The people of Israel returned home from exile to find a desolated landscape. The reason they had been taken captive in the first place was their departure from Yahweh’s rule and presence in their lives. When Israel acknowledged and feared the Lord, and when her king was righteous, it went well with them. They prospered when they prioritised Yahweh’s presence.

So here’s the rub.
How is it going in your life? Are you prospering today? Or at least positioned today to prosper?
There is an order to our lives becoming what they can be. The prophet Haggai points it out to the people.
He says “whilst you are restoring and refining your houses, God’s presence is being ignored! His temple lies in ruins!”
I’m glad that God doesn’t primarily live in bricks and mortar any more. Through the new covenant that Jesus cut for us, He now resides in people.
But that residence needs proper attention and priority.

In the verse above, we see the Holy Spirit at work. He’s not healing, or making people fall on the floor or prophecy. He is stirring people’s spirits to work; to put self-interest aside, and re-establish the place of His presence in the land.

Today, how about us putting our interests, concerns and obsessions to one side?
How about what he wants you to do which will make him central in your life, and then work at the process to His glory?
We will find such pleasure in doing this. And, who knows, we may find that where we have tried and tried so hard for so little gain in life, that a shift of priority will open up God’s blessing over our lives in a new way.
I reckon we will prosper when we work at prioritising God’s presence in our lives.

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