In Haggai 1, God was upset with the Children of Israel for something we still do today. In verses 1 and 9, God makes clear what He’s upset about through the prophet Haggai. He said, “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, while all of you are busy building your own fine houses” (NLT). God was upset because they were putting their own desires and interests above His.
Were they all that different than we are? God wasn’t upset that they lived in luxurious homes. The problem was a matter of the heart. Once God provided for them, they forgot about Him. They didn’t honor Him as the one who provided for them, rescued them, or protected them. The human condition in us all wants to take credit for everything we have accomplished and to remove God from the equation. When that happens, we fail to do the things that honor God. It shows in how we treat Him and in how we live.
For them, the temple still laid in ruins. For us, we don’t give tithes, we don’t give Him thanks, or fail to commune with Him unless it’s a list of needs and wants. God wants more out of a relationship with Him than to be our spiritual 9-1-1 call. He wants to be your friend, He wants to converse with you, and He wants you to recognize that all you have is a gift from Him. Yes, the blessings of God are great, but we can’t dishonor Him by thinking we’ve earned them. We don’t have to build Him a temple to show it, but there are things you can do.
What’s something you can start doing, that you’re not already doing, to honor God for what He’s done in your life?