God is gorgeous. Truly.
I was feeling far from the Lord a few weeks ago. Every time I went to pray, it seemed there was an elephant in the room among us, but I honestly didn’t know what species the elephant was…pride…resentment…doubt? Doubt. That was it. Feeling at a loss for understanding, I fell to my knees next to my bed and prayed God would expose my unbelief. . God recently had called me to take a small step out in faith. I feel I was obedient. Surely, my outward actions didn’t reveal doubt, but what about my heart? God was staring into my heart, and my heart finally flinched.
On my knees, I felt led to open my bible. I offered up a ‘”show me what to read’,” prayer. I opened up to Haggai. Haggai? Really Lord? Yes. Really.
Here the Lord was stirring up the spirit of Zerubbabel to begin rebuilding the Temple. The Jewish people had grown discouraged in their obedience and had stopped working on it. Haggai was sent to encourage them to take action; but they would always be building in the shadow of Solomon’s Great Temple and its entire splendor. In Chapter 2, verse 3, it says:
‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. ‘