“Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.”
Several times in this chapter, God told His people to “consider your ways.” The reason they were to consider their ways was because His house was in “waste” while they ran to their own house and made sure it was cared for. God made it clear to these people that the reason they didn’t seem to prosper was because His house was laid waste. The one thing God wanted from His people was to build His house, and the result is that He would “take pleasure in it” and “be glorified.” It was in the building of God’s house that He would be satisfied with them caring for their own homes.
I’m afraid that the same problem the people of God had back in Haggai’s day is still happening today. Sadly, too many people are wrapped up in their own lives and are leaving the house of God in ruins. No, I am not talking about the physical upkeep of the church buildings, although I do believe we should keep our church buildings in proper repair, but I am talking about God’s people doing what they can to build the church numerically. More people are interested in playing and pleasure than they are in building the church, and then they wonder why they are never happy with life. The believer will never find pleasure in life until God takes pleasure in the believer’s actions and life. According to the verse above, God takes pleasure in the believer when they give their efforts to building His house. Let me give you several thoughts concerning the importance of the believer giving their life to build the house of God.
First, God’s house should take preeminence over your affairs. The verse above places emphasis on these people not caring for the house of God over their own house. Matthew 6:33 is still relevant and true when it says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” God is not against you enjoying life, building homes, having possessions as long as none of these things take preeminence over the kingdom of God. The believer must be very careful to build their life around the church instead of making the church build their schedule around your life. The biggest reason so many churches are not growing today is because of believers who tagged church onto their life’s activities instead of tagging life’s activities around the church. Always remember that God’s house should take preeminence over everything if you want God’s blessings added to your life.
Second, you can’t please God unless His house is your first priority. The verse above says, “…build the house; and I will take pleasure in it…” If you are trying to find a way to make God happy with your life, look no further than to give your life to build His house. You will always be in God’s favor when His agenda takes preeminence over your own desires, dreams, plans and activities.
Third, you are bound to be on the losing side when your life takes preeminence over the house of God. Verse 9 says, “Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.” If you find yourself always lacking the joy and pleasure in life, the first place you should look to is whether His house is your primary source of pleasure. God will bless you if you put His house and desires over yours.