Blinded by Sinful Desires
Read Haggai 1:3-4
God’s people had returned from exile to Jerusalem and originally, they started rebuilding the temple. That was part of the purpose of them coming back, to restore the people of God in the promised land and to rebuild the temple as a place where the glory of God dwells among his people. But it didn’t take long for them to give up on that project and instead to focus on their own projects for their own comforts, which is why verse four says, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses?” Basically, in your nice places while this house, the house of God, the place where the glory of God dwells among his people lies in ruins.
- How has your own sin blinded you from what God wanted you to do?
- How have you put your own desires before God?
- How has your comfort kept you from seeking God with your whole heart?
God’s people had prioritized their own comforts over the celebration of God’s glory, the worship of God in all of his glory. They had missed out on what was most important as they were blinded by their own selfish desires. Is that possible in your life? My life? Today?