August 17, 2018
Haggai 2:9..The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts, and in this place will I give peace saith the LORD of hosts.
The house that the prophet was referring to in this verse was the Temple of God in Jerusalem. This temple wasoriginally built by king Solomon and because of their sins, the LORD gave them over to king Nebuchadnezzar who destroyed the temple and burnt houses down and carried the people to Babylon as captives. Later Babylon was also captured by another nation (Medo-Persian) and the LORD used this new ruler to return the Jews to their land. Now on settling down, they started to build their own houses and paid no attention to the LORD’s house. Why they ignored rebuilding of the temple was apparently because they considered it as not worth the effort.
The LORD spoke through Haggai, the prophet, to the governor Zerubbabel and the high priest Joshua, “Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? (Haggai 2:3).
The LORD went further to encourage these leaders and the people of the land to be strong and do the work because He is with them. Then he revealed his plan to them that the glory of this latter house will be greater than the former.
Many times we believers underestimate the power of God to change ANY condition around even to something better. The good old days at times is difficult to erase from our minds. We cannot imagine that anything better could be in the future. The past and the present are what we know, the future we are not sure of because it is hidden from us. Nobody knows what lies in the future unless God reveals it to us. Thank God that we have many examples in the Bible that we can relate to in order to strengthen our faith in this God that holds our future. Some of these people did not have the written Word at that time, but they were able to trust this same God and their situation turned more glorious.
One good example was the case of Jacob and Joseph. Jacob was informed by his sons that Joseph was killed by wild animal and for 17 years this man lived in sorrow mourning the loss of his son Joseph. He did not know that Joseph was alive and that one day he would be reunited with his son. The turn of events in Jacob’s later years was glorious, more glorious than when he was with the boy in Israel.
Another hopeless situation was between Naomi and Ruth. Naomi lost her husband and her two sons in Moab, and there was no grandchildren between the two sons for ten years and they both died one after another. Now, Naomi was to return to her hometown, Bethlehem, and she bid her daughters-in-law goodbye (Ruth and Orpah) but Ruth refused to go back and she followed Naomi to Bethlehem. Even Naomi lost her joy and called herself Mara because she went full but came back empty. Not one of them knew what was in their future together, and the end result was a more glorious one in which Ruth was divinely connected to Boaz, a godly kinsman who married her and they were blessed with a son (Obed) who became the grandfather of king David.
If you search the scriptures, you will learn about the loving-kindness nature of God. We might not know our future, but certainly we know the ONE that holds our future. His ways are different from our ways, and from the experiences we have seen even in real life, I can now understand that we are created to depend on Him absolutely. If you know what will happen tomorrow you will turn out to be your own god. Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Let us know that things that happen to us is for our learning and for other people to learn from it, and also it is only God that has the final say. Also do not give up on any awkward situation you find yourself, continue to cry unto the God who promised “to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called the trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3). The LORD will make your latter years to be greater and more glorious than the former in Jesus name, Amen.
Prayer..LORD, show forth your glory in my life and do what you alone can do Amen.