4 Months That Changed the World

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the LORD.”

Haggai 1:7–8 ESV

Haggai was about 70 when he delivered this message to God’s people.

But over the course of just four months, he reinvigorated Israel to return to God and build his Kingdom instead of their own.

This is absolutely remarkable; especially when we zoom out and look at what the state of Israel was.

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Psalm 139:7-8 – God In The MRI

Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! (Psalm 139:7-8 ESV)

I had always thought that I was fine with being cramped in enclosed spaces, until the summer of 2011 when I had my first MRI. That’s when I found out that I was wrong; in fact, not just wrong, but very, very wrong. If you’re unfamiliar with an MRI, it is a medical imaging procedure in which the patient is inserted into a tube just large enough for his or her body to slide into. Then (don’t lose me in the fancy medical jargon here), there are a bunch of loud hammering noises, clicks, claps, beeps and a variety of other atonal hubbub.

Initially, the cramped space and the noise didn’t bother me,

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Take Refuge in the Promises of God

Every word of God proves true;

he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Proverbs 30:5 ESV

In a previous job, I had a boss who kept promising me a promotion if I just waited “a little longer” and “kept working hard.”

That’s exactly what I did. I waited and worked. But the promotion never came.

He was someone who dangled a promise in front of me, but never came through. Have you ever known someone who overpromised, then under-delivered?

Maybe it was a boss. Perhaps a friend. Or maybe even a family member. Whoever it was, it can be easy to grow jaded and skeptical. To immediately assume whatever is promised won’t actually happen.

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