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A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build
September 27, 2010

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: "These people say, 'The time has not yet come for the LORD's house to be built.' " Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin (Hg. 1:2-4)?”

What time is it now? Is it a time for us to be living well off and spending our resources (time, money, influence, strength) on ourselves while the House of Prayer remains in ruins (that is far from perpetual in nature, insufficiently funded, virtually unknown and sparse in attendance – a ruin)?
I don’t know exactly what a day in the life of the people of Haggai’s time looked like and what they where doing the day before the prophet delivered this message.  But after he presented this challenge they stopped living as they had, they were cut to the heart about the Lord’s House of Prayer and they gave themselves (and their resources) to seeing that that house be built to bring God praise and make His name famous.
“This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.  Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the LORD (Hg. 1:7-8).”

And so they began the work.  What this really means is that they stopped doing all of the things that were so important to them/ their lifestyles and instead used all that strength (previously used on themselves) and they built the house of God.  I don’t know if they understood what they were signing up for but they worked hard on that house until it was finished; about four years of hard work, neglecting many many things in their lives for four years.  They stayed focused and laid their “paneled houses” American Dream down for four years and they built until it was complete.
I don’t know what I am suggesting here.  Maybe four years of laying down our agendas, maybe more until it’s complete–it is after all the Last Generation and this house is promised to be greater than the former.  At the very least I think it’s time for all of us “to consider our ways” and see what measure of priority the House of Prayer has for us in this hour. That we would pray to God about how He feels about His house and then ask Him what He would have us to do, and how He would have us structure our lives and resources (time, money, influence, strength) to align with how He feels about the current state of His house.
“Lord, help us to hear from you and not miss what you are doing in this hour.”

Brad Stroup


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